Famous Hermits And What They Did Out There

Hermits live a life of almost complete and utter solitude, disconnected from the grid, the economy, and most of humanity - and they like it that way. Some famous hermits choose the lifestyle to flee the workforce, war, or an oppressive government. Some - like the hundreds of famous anchorites of medieval times - choose to be hermits in order to dedicate their lives to religious contemplation. 

There have been a few widely-known hermits throughout history that have welcomed visitors, but most simply want to be left alone to live their lives in a deliberate, solitary way, free from bosses, families, and governments. Read on to discover some of history's most famous hermits.