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The Anchoress kindle º Hardcover read ´ [Epub] ➡ The Anchoress ➢ Robyn Cadwallader – England 1255 What could drive a girl on the cusp of womanhood to lock herself away from the world foreverSarah is just seventeen when she chooses to become an anchoress a holy woman shut away in a cel England What could England What could drive a girl on the cusp of womanhood to lock herself away from the world foreverSarah is just seventeen when she chooses to become an anchoress a holy woman shut away in a cell that measures only seven by nine paces at the side of the village church Fleeing the grief of losing a much loved sister in childbirth as well as pressure to marry the local lord's son she decides to renounce the world with all its dangers desires and What would lead you to leave your life your world possessions even your sense of self behind and enter a cell nine steps wide for the rest of your natural life Sarah fresh from the grief of her sister's death made the decision to enter the anchorage and states Here inside these walls Christ would heal me of my grief help me let go of my woman's body it's frailty and desire To find God and to let go of her grief Sarah needed to remove herself from all earthly concerns and lock herself away She spends her days praying and examining whether the level of deprivation is sufficient or whether there is she can do And so in pursuit of light Sarah is locked in darkness literally and metaphorically We don't see Sarah obtain rapture enlightenment or understanding for her prayer Instead we see her for a period fall into a hallucinatory turmoil from which she struggles to free herself But still Sarah continues her self imposed imprisonment despite challenges from a child who told her I can think of God in the sun It's easy I just close my eyes I have the impression that Sarah did not enter the anchorhold for a truly religious purpose I believe Sarah entered hoping the prayer the deprivation and being removed from people would save her heart from further grief Sarah listen to me Protect your heart by protecting the senses Deny your body deny its pleasures Deny your belly Ultimately it is further grief that frees her and allows her to be at peace with her final decision The author is not explicit however regarding Sarah's internal motivators for entering the anchorhold and the reader is left to draw their own conclusionsThe author has deft skill in imparting information without heavy information dumping but for a 21st century reader this book is likely to ask uestions than answer them Can we in this day and age truly understand the call to willingly enter a cell inflict extreme deprivation on our selves and do so for the rest of you life never to leave except in death I don't understand it really I don't My failure to understand is not I think a failing of the book but rather a natural response of someone in the 21st century responding to something so very foreign But for all the difficulties understanding Sarah's decision to enter people are people regardless of the century We see people seeking connection support help We see women be victims of men with no escape We see Sarah try to lock herself away from this only to see that she can't and as much as the village needs her she needs them as wellWe see Sarah grow from someone who is selfish in her faith All must meet Sarah's needs and standards of behaviour We see her refuse to help people such as a leper But by the end we see her acknowledge her place in the village and to want to serve themSomething that would have assisted when reading this book would have been a floor plan of the cell and pictures of some of the features such as a suint that were mentioned I was able to gain some idea through Google images however I'm not sure I still really understand the relationship of Sarah's cell to the 'parlour' she mentions and so on In guessing that most readers like me wont know a great deal about this subject matter explanatory notes and images would have been very useful

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Erself uestioning what she thought she knew about the anchorhold and about the village itselfWith the lyricism of Nicola Griffith's Hild and the vivid historical setting of Hannah Kent's Burial Rites Robyn Cadwallader's powerful debut novel tells an absorbing story of faith desire shame fear and the very human need for connection and touch Compelling evocative and haunting The Anchoress is both uietly heartbreaking and thrillingly unpredictable In 13th century England 17 year old Sara encloses herself in an anchorage Some painful life events combine with a naturally pious spirit to cause Sara to desire to run from the world fearing the evil it holds But the world encroaches on her seclusion Through the visits of the villagers the lives of her maids the advice of her confessor and the discipline of her prayer Sara learns that sanctity does not come from fear and the safety of isolation but from freedom and the willingness to love which is never safe

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The AnchoressTemptations and commit herself to a life of prayerBut it soon becomes clear that the thick unforgiving walls of Sarah's cell cannot protect her as well as she had thought With the outside world clamoring to get in and the intensity of her isolation driving her toward drastic actions even madness her body and soul are still in grave danger When she starts hearing the voice of the previous anchoress whispering to her from the walls Sarah finds h An anorexic walks into a bar An anorexic nun walks into a cloister An idiot walks into a village She finds what she has been seeking all her life There that's better I can hardly find words to describe the shallowness of this book Truth be told I even looked into my thesaurus to see if there was some word which escaped me at the moment and which would adeuately cover it None existsThe closest approximation I can muster is that this is a medievalist's Eat Pray Love which is moth eaten than a cashmere sweater in storage Cadwallader has somehow managed to shape an anchoress into a figure of contempt scorn and ridicule in one of the most boring drawn out and tortured pieces of literature in the genre Reading very much like the Harleuin version of how to become a holy person in ten easy steps we follow Sarah through her pallid pathetic existence and wish only that she would die an early deathA confirmed egotist Sarah adopts the cloistered life in a vain attempt to purge her mind body and soul of the evils of this world and find redemption and salvation through prayer As one can imagine most narcissists will have a hard time achieving redemption through self flagellation and prayer By denying her body's essential needs while starving herself she spins off into an hallucinatory haze wherein she discovers God god hood and goodness Finding spiritual apotheosis at the end of a hunger strike would seem like a foregone conclusion even to those who weren't seeking it It comes with the territory I would think As an anchoress she fails utterly These women were intended in medieval society to anchor the church or cloister with which they were associated and pray for the spiritual development of the congregation Separated from the community by a cloistered cell they were nonetheless part of that community offering prayer and guidance for the rest of their physical days Devoted and devotional were the fundamental ethics of this rolethis rule Instead we find an egocentric little flibberty gibbet who has no sense of true devotion than the toad in the road The toad in the road in fact has moral compass She is self indulgent to a fault and selfish beyond imagining especially for one willingly taking a religious role Mostly she ignores those whom she is there to serve and indulges in self contemplation There's a lot of gasping and clucking by the attendant maids and village women who worry unnecessarily over Sarah's health; a lot of mostly imaginary sins being confessed to; a lot of faux penance being imposed; than a little sexual titillation and lots of woe is me as Sarah struggles with her own banalities She is not someone who would have passed the rigorous spiritual tests reuired of those who adopted this role This book makes a total mockery of the Ancrene Wisse and turns the lives of such eminent anchoresses as Julian of Norwich into a total burlesue if one were to take this book as an example of the cloistered religious life Once again I bemoan the fact that goodreads doesn't offer a negative star review