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  • Hardcover: 254 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (1 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199592365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199592364
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 2.5 x 16.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,912,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Licence's approach ... is an original and valuable one ... This book will be essential to anyone who is seriously interested in European society in the central Middle Ages (Bernard Hamilton, Times Literary Supplement)

As compelling as it is convincing (Helen Castor, Times Higher Education)

Exemplary study...a penetrating examination of the lives of hermits and recluses...excellent (Alan Murdie, Fortean Times)

a seminal study of lasting value (Benedicta Ward, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History)

a carefully researched book, full of judicious insight. It should become essential reading for anyone interested in the religious aspirations of twelfth-century England (Henrietta Leyser, The Medieval Review)

clear, insightful, and elegant (Andrew Jotischky, The Historian)

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Tom Licence took his degrees at Magdalene College, Cambridge, before remaining there as a Research Fellow. He is now a lecturer in medieval history at the University of East Anglia, specializing in Ecclesiastical History.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scratch_Eddie on 15 Aug. 2012
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I enjoyed this book, particularly the explanations of archaic terminolgy and the bits about the ordeals through which anchorites would put themselves in order to subdue the longings of the flesh, such as the wearing of hairshirts and hauberks, and those early morning dives into thornbushes or nettle patches!!!

However, unlike the other reviewers I found that, rather than being particularly 'readable', much of the book was a touch on the dry side. At times it became something of a slog; often I had to tell myself to knuckle down, to press on through the thickets of names and Latin quotations, in the hope that I'd arrive at one of the numerous clearings where the light is allowec to penetrate and in which the book comes to life. That said, I'm neither an academic historian nor a scholar of Latin, so I'm sure that readers with a grounding in those fields would find enjoyment where I struggled!

I'll certainly read it again, and one cannot fault the level of detail, but I prefer Peter France's book Hermits for good old "readability".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Penelope Pitstop on 22 Mar. 2011
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A great deal has been written about eastern asceticism and monasticism, much less on the subject of this excellent volume. Dr. Licence examines the place of hermits and recluses in English society, showing us that read aright, they tell us much about the society from which they were separating themselves. He shows how these people who deliberately placed themselves on the nargin of their society reflected something of the inner spirit of the Christian faith. He has some very interesting examples here, and he writes extremely well. A rarity - a scholarly book which is also very readable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jo on 15 Mar. 2011
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An excellent, informative, student friendly read! I recommend Dr Tom Licence's book for anyone studying or interested in English Medieval Religious History/Monasticism/Hermits and Recluses.
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A really excellent study that was also eminently readable 19 Sept. 2014
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A really excellent study that was also eminently readable. Licence's sensitive understanding illuminates both the big, longue-durée picture and the fascinating case studies scattered throughout the book.
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Not what I expected. Should have looked closer at what I was getting. 27 Mar. 2014
By scott - Published on Amazon.com
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a lot of gathered information scattered about. Tons of footnotes. Not what I expected. No stories, just scattered did bits.
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