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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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5th Wilhelm Levison Memorial Lecture: Anselm in the Anchorhold: the influence of Anselm of Canterbury on the English Anchoritic Tradition

19th November 2012, 17:30, ER142, Elvet Riverside , Dr Susanne Schenk, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen

Anselm of Bec and Canterbury who contributed significantly to the history of theology and philosophy may also be considered an important figure of the history of medieval spirituality. As prior and abbot of Bec Anselm seems to have been a highly sought-after spiritual advisor of inclusae and inclusi. The lecture traces his interaction with certain inhabitants of the anchorhold as well as Anselm’s theological reflection of this extraordinary form of religious life.

The Wilhelm Levison Memorial Lecture Series was inaugurated in 2008 in order to celebrate the scholarly vision and achievements of Professor Levison, who fled Nazi Germany with his wife in 1939 to their adopted home of Durham, where he lived until his death in 1947. Each year a speaker is invited to build upon the foundations of cross-Channel cooperation and understanding in medieval history which Professor Levison did so much to establish.


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