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The Secret Within: Hermits, Recluses, and Spiritual Outsiders in Medieval England

Wolfgang Riehle


Spiritual seekers throughout history have sought illumination through solitary contemplation. In the Christian tradition, medieval England stands out for its remarkable array of hermits, recluses, and spiritual outsiders—from Cuthbert, Godric of Fichale, and Christina of Markyate to Richard Rolle, Julian of Norwich, and Margery Kempe. This book offers the first comprehensive history of English medieval mysticism in decades—one that will appeal to anyone fascinated by mysticism as a phenomenon of religious life. The book begins in the twelfth century with the revival of eremitical mysticism and ... More

Keywords: spiritual seekers, medieval England, medieval mysticism, religious life, eremitical mysticism, Cistercian Order, mystics, spirituality, hermits, recluses

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451096
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451096.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wolfgang Riehle, author
Professor Emeritus of English, the Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz