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Bernard of Clairvaux could be the main debatable determine of Western Europe's brilliant 12th century. not like Abelard, who's obvious as a proponent of contemporary considering, Bernard is usually 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 permit the reader to make a extra balanced evaluate 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 periods in medieval society. Bernard lives on this present day with the lay and monastic students who proceed to discover new layers of that 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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Such letters were public documents, read or heard by everyone in the monastery, but their very public quality could have increased the impact they had on their recipients. The pastoral letters provided encouragement, warning, and solace, and one can think back on Michael Casey’s portrait of Bernard the man and find him here in his humour and pragmatism. To abbot Guy of Trois Fontaines, a daughter house of Clairvaux, Bernard dealt with the question of what to do when the prayer of consecration over the chalice had been said and then no wine was to be found in it.

82 Space does not allow any review of the Homilies or of Bernard’s other writings (but see Mette Birkedal Bruun’s article in this volume). Even our quick glance at the text, however, indicates the freshness of his approach and the vitality of his interpretations. Bernard’s total embrace of scriptural language and powerful verbal images enabled him to renew theological discourse. What we find is once again monastic theology, careful meditation on the meaning of the Scriptures, based on the practice of lectio, which leads to insight and even wisdom.

Studio storico-critico sui ‘Fragmenta Gaufridi,’ ” in Studi su San Bernardo e Goffredo di Auxerre (Florence, 2001), pp. 43–127. Vita Prima Sancti Bernardi in Guillelmus a Sancto Theodorico Opera Omnia, ed. Paul Verdeyen, Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis 89B (Turnhout, 2011). 8 Contained in PL 185:469–524. See the prologue, col. 469: “. . nos ex eadem narratione nonnulla omittentes . . breviori perstringimus schedula . . ” Bredero dates the composition to between 1167 and 1170. See “Etudes” (note 3 above), p.

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