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Ancrene Wisse and the life of perfection

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The article argues that the early thirteenth-century Middle English guide for anchoresses 'Ancrene Wisse' reflects Dominican rather than Victorine spirituality. 'The Dominicans' links with an existing tradition of extra-monastic reform may help to explain why the concept of the life of perfection in Ancrene Wisse is not wholly based on monastic models, and in some cases seems even to be defined in opposition to them.'

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