anchoritism

anchoritism

the practice of retiring to a solitary place for a life of religious seclusion. — anchorite, anchoret, n. — anchoritic, anchoretic, adj.
See also: Monks and Nuns
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7-8; McAvoy," 'Closyd in an hows of ston': Discourses of Anchoritism and The Book of Margery Kempe" in Anchorites Wombs and Tombs: Intersections of Gender and Enclosure in the Middle Ages, ed.
For a detailed discussion of anchoritism as well as its relationship to gender, see Anchorites, Wombs and Tombs.