Anchorite

By Nicolay Bastos


“In contrast, many medieval Christians were so dedicated that they turned away from the world and resolved to live out the remainder of their life in utter solitude, in a cell, nook or cave…Such men who cut themselves off from the world were called anchorites and the women were anchoresses, the names being derived from a Greek word meaning “to withdraw.” Living alone in silence, they spent their days in prayer and penitence.”

Blainey, Geoffrey, 2000. A Short History of the World. 1st ed. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee. see less

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