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Bernard of Clairvaux could be the main arguable determine of Western Europe's brilliant 12th century. not like Abelard, who's noticeable as a proponent of contemporary considering, Bernard is frequently relegated to the darkest nook of the center a while. not anything is simple with Bernard, yet those clean reviews of him and their stories of contemporary scholarship let the reader to make a extra balanced evaluate of the guy, his writings, and his impression on his interval. Bernard emerges as a multifaceted determine who sought to reform monasticism and ended up turning into a saint with an entice nearly all periods in medieval society. Bernard lives on this present day with the lay and monastic students who proceed to discover new layers of which means in his writings. participants comprise Christopher Holdsworth, Michael Casey, James France, Diane Reilly, John Sommerfeldt, Mette B. Bruun, Burcht Pranger, Chrysogonus Waddell, E. Rozanne Elder, and Brian Patrick McGuire.

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I use the translation of Martinus Cawley, Bernard of Clairvaux. Early Biographies (Lafayette, Oregon, 2000), p. 4 [abbreviated henceforth as Cawley]. 25 In her review of Jean Leclercq, Monks and Love in Twelfth-Century France: PsychoHistorical Essays, in the Journal of Ecclesiastical History 31 (1980), 108–10. Leclercq’s attempt to psychoanalyse Bernard in his Nouveau visage de Bernard de Clairvaux (Paris, 1976), Eng. as A Second Look at Bernard of Clairvaux (Kalamazoo, 1990). Adriaan H.

Bernard is thus described as an ideal monk from the very first. Here we are stymied by hagiographical conventions, but William’s graphic description of Bernard’s painful digestion does not indicate total approval. 17, Cawley, p. 17: “Vobis ergo, inquit, coelum, et mihi terra? ” 53 Jacobi a Voragine Legenda Aurea, ed. Th. Graesse (Osnabrück, 1965), p. 530: “Cui non pueriliter puer respondit: vos ergo coelum habebitis et mihi solum terra relinquitis? ” 54 See Brian McGuire, “A Saint’s Afterlife: Bernard in the Golden Legend and in Other Medieval Collections,” in Bernhard von Clairvaux.

Rochais alone. 12 Many of these pseudo-Bernardian works are included in PL 184. Already in the 19th century it was known that many works attributed to Bernard were not from his pen. It would contribute greatly to our understanding of late medieval spirituality if more work were done with these often-moving expressions of piety. 13 See Bernhard von Clairvaux. Sämtliche Werke, vols 1–10, ed. Gerhard B. Winkler (Innsbruck, 1990–2002). Also Opere di San Bernardo, ed. F. Gastaldelli (Rome, 1984–). 14 First published in English in 1940; repr.

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