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A Companion to Bernard of Clairvaux (Brill's Companions to by Edited by Brian Patrick McGuire

By Edited by Brian Patrick McGuire

Bernard of Clairvaux could be the main arguable determine of Western Europe's vivid 12th century. not like Abelard, who's visible as a proponent of recent considering, Bernard is frequently relegated to the darkest nook of the center a while. not anything is straightforward with Bernard, yet those clean reviews of him and their experiences of modern 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 almost all periods 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 contain 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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Here there were a number of surprises, especially in a rejection of a monastic life based on extreme asceticism. Bernard turns out to be keenly aware of the joys of the sensual universe. ” His epistemology is much broader than usually thought, and he describes a universe “energized . . ” introduction 17 John Sommerfeldt concludes his reflections with Bernard in terms of pilgrimage, and so we return to a theme central in Mette Bruun’s analysis of his writings. We are wayfarers, viatores. ” Now he can thank the many guides he has and with whom he looks forward to continuing his conversations.

Equally surprising is the fact that it was the Templar’s church in Majorca which contained the earliest representation of the lactation. As for the amplexus it appears in Herbert of Clairvaux’s Liber miraculorum by the late 1170s, while the first image is from after 1300, a gap of more than 100 years between literature and art. ” France points out that the theme is in harmony with Bernard’s theology, but he provides no answer as to the time frame. I would hazard that the monks who worked for the canonization of Bernard were circumspect about what they told of him, while Herbert, collecting his stories after the canonization took place in 1174, may have felt greater freedom.

Migne in 1855. 8 But his work is nothing but an anthology of the Vita Prima, which leaves out unpleasant sections, such as the description of Bernard’s stomach ailment. 9 Here we see a transition from hagiographical materials to exemplum literature, as when Bernard is remembered for telling 5 Bredero, “The Canonization of Bernard of Clairvaux,” in Pennington (note 1 above), pp. 63–100. 6 PL 185:302. 7 Robert Lechat, “Les Fragmenta de vita et miraculis S. Bernardi,” Analecta Bollandiana 50 (1932), 83–122.

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