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Bernard of Clairvaux is likely to be the main arguable determine of Western Europe's bright 12th century. in contrast to Abelard, who's visible as a proponent of contemporary pondering, Bernard is usually 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 experiences of contemporary scholarship let the reader to make a extra balanced review 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 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. 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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86 Before moving out into the secular Church, however, Bernard committed himself to the monastic one, and here it was William himself who seemed to convince him to get involved. ”88 But Bernard, like the other early founders of the Cistercian Order, yearned back to a better time: “when the monastic Order began, who would have dreamed that monks could become so slack? 90 At about the same time as he was writing these lines, he was trying to cope with the case of his cousin Robert, who had been promised by his parents to Cluny but had joined the Cistercians.

44 We thus have an indication of how Bernard’s hagiographers could exaggerate his impact, even though there is no doubt that without Bernard, the New Monastery would not have had the success it did in establishing dozens of daughter houses. Why did Bernard become a monk? 8, Cawley p. 10: “. . ” 43 Stephen is usually called “Stephen Harding,” but this surname was not used before 1614, according to Michael Casey in his helpful criticism of an earlier draft of this chapter. 44 Etudes sur la “Vita Prima” de Saint Bernard (note 3 above), pp.

20 Her father, Bernard, was likely to have been a descendant of the former counts of Bar-sur-Seine. The saint’s father, Tescelin, owned property in Châtillon-sur-Seine, where his son Bernard would be educated, and was the lord of the castle of Fontaines outside of Dijon in Burgundy (today the district is a suburb of the town). According to her nephew Robert (Aleth’s sister’s son and recipient of the letter which Geoffrey placed first in his collection of Bernard’s letters), who was a source for the Vita quarta,21 Aleth’s father wanted her to become a nun.

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