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Bernard of Clairvaux might be the main debatable determine of Western Europe's brilliant 12th century. in contrast to Abelard, who's visible as a proponent of recent considering, Bernard is frequently relegated to the darkest nook of the center a long time. not anything is simple with Bernard, yet those clean reviews of him and their studies of modern scholarship let the reader to make a extra balanced assessment of the guy, his writings, and his effect on his interval. Bernard emerges as a multifaceted determine who sought to reform monasticism and ended up changing into a saint with an entice nearly all sessions in medieval society. Bernard lives on at the present time with the lay and monastic students who proceed to discover new layers of that means in his writings. individuals 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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116–147. 5 Geoffrey did not follow the more-or-less chronological structure of the first two books of the Vita Prima. He sought to provide a general portrait of Bernard in terms of his appearance and effect on people. At the same time, however, he dealt with Bernard’s involvements in the controversies of his time, such as his attack on Abelard. In Geoffrey’s own words, contained in the Preface to the third book of the Vita Prima: “First of all are pursued those matters which especially pertain to the way of life, customs and teaching (habitum, mores, atque doctrinam) of the blessed father; secondly the many good actions (virtutes multas) performed by him are articulated.

Some of the stories we have about the child Bernard are conventional, as in his rejection of a sorceress who was brought to cure his headache. : “. . ” 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.

Breviori perstringimus schedula . . ” Bredero dates the composition to between 1167 and 1170. See “Etudes” (note 3 above), p. 139, n. 9. 9 PL 185:531–50. An initial letter to Herbert, archbishop of Sardinia (col. 533–34), places the work sometime after 1180. 20 brian patrick mcguire his monks that if Judas had taken the Cistercian habit, he would have been saved. 11 It was especially the achievement of Leclercq, Benedictine monk of Clervaux abbey in Luxembourg, to scour the libraries not only of Europe but also of North America, in pursuit of manuscripts containing the works of Bernard.

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