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A little dry, but plenty of interesting insights,
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This review is from: Hermits and Recluses in English Society, 950-1200 (Hardcover)
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".