Anchorite FAQs:

Q: Are anchorites frequently considered to be a type of religious hermit?

A: Yes, and unlike hermits they were required to take a vow of stability of place, opting instead for permanent enclosure in cells often attached to churches.

Q: Were anchorites subject to a religious rite of consecration that closely resembled the funeral rite?

A: Yes, and following which—theoretically, at least—they would be considered dead to the world, a type of living saint.

Q: Were anchorites supposed to remain in their cell in all eventualities?

A: Yes.

Q: Was an anchorite walled up inside the cell?

A: Yes, and the bishop would put his seal upon the wall to stamp it with his authority.