By Edited by Brian Patrick McGuire

Bernard of Clairvaux may be the main arguable determine of Western Europe's bright 12th century. in contrast to Abelard, who's noticeable as a proponent of recent considering, Bernard is usually relegated to the darkest nook of the center a long time. not anything is straightforward with Bernard, yet those clean reviews of him and their stories 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 changing into a saint with an attract 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 which 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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22 If this information is correct, then we may have an explanation for Bernard’s literary interests. He had a mother who valued learning and so encouraged him to do the same. Bernard was the third son, after Guy and Gerard and before Andrew, Bartholomew, and Nivard. The one girl was named Hombeline. 23 At the same time, however, she brought them up “for the desert rather than for the court” by feeding interpretazioni” (note 7 above), pp. 3–41, esp. 8–10. Gastaldelli concludes that 1090 is the more likely year of birth.

Olivier Legendre (Turnhout, 2005), p. 7. 11 Sancti Bernardi Opera, 8 vols (Rome, 1957–77) [abbreviated henceforth as SBO]. H. -M. 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.

50 “La ‘paternité’ de S. Bernard et les débuts de l’ordre cistercien,” Revue bénédictin 103 (1993), 445–81, summarized in “Saint Bernard and the Beginnings of the Cistercian Order,” Cistercian Studies Quarterly 29 (1994), 379–393. ” in E. Rozanne Elder, The Joy of Learning and the Love of God: Essays in Honor of Jean Leclercq (Kalamazoo, 1995), pp. 389–413, esp. pp. 405–408. 47 28 brian patrick mcguire monastic candidates. Here there were also two men who failed to cope with the challenge and whose stories are intended as warnings.

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