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1. Forms

Throughout the early modern period in Europe, solitude was a way of life bound up with controversy, invariably requiring justification in the individual case. Lasting solitude was without fail viewed negatively. Three forms of solitude, lived almost exclusively by men (or imagined to be lived) dominated the relevant early modern discourse on this topic: (1) the religious forms of solitude focused on God, (2) the worldly solitude of the scholar and…

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Schirrmeister, Albert, “Solitude”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018637>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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