A Companion to Bernard of Clairvaux (Brill's Companions to

Bernard of Clairvaux is likely to be the main debatable determine of Western Europe's brilliant 12th century. in contrast to Abelard, who's noticeable 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 contemporary scholarship allow the reader to make a extra balanced assessment of the fellow, 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 attract almost all sessions 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.
Contributors comprise Christopher Holdsworth, Michael Casey, James France, Diane Reilly, John Sommerfeldt, Mette B. Bruun, Burcht Pranger, Chrysogonus Waddell, E. Rozanne Elder, and Brian Patrick McGui.

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1–20. 21–22, Cawley pp. 21–22: “. . 24, Cawley p. 23. bernard’s life and works: a review 29 The Young Abbot of Clairvaux 1115–20 William of Saint Thierry says little or nothing about Abbot Stephen, only that God put it in his heart to found a daughter house and make Bernard its abbot. In later exemplum literature there is a story of how Bernard had decided to say special prayers in memory of his parents but, in the midst of his regular duties at the New Monastery, once forgot to do so. 58 The account of Clairvaux’s beginnings is vintage Cistercian, emphasizing the site as a wilderness (in loco horroris et vastae solitudinis, Deut.

For more than 50 years Chrysogonus lived the Cistercian tradition and shared it with others, both monastic and lay. ” I hope he is right. Our collection ends with another scholar who looks forward to what comes after, John R. Sommerfeldt, who was one of the founders of the Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo that also gave birth to the Cistercian Studies Conference. In a few concentrated pages Sommerfeldt tells of his lifelong journey through Bernard and what he has learned from him. Here there were a number of surprises, especially in a rejection of a monastic life based on extreme asceticism.

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. ”6 In spite of modern studies on the composition of the Vita Prima we have long lacked a critical edition.

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