By Edited by Brian Patrick McGuire
Bernard of Clairvaux might be the main arguable determine of Western Europe's vivid 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 long time. not anything is simple with Bernard, yet those clean reviews of him and their studies of modern scholarship allow 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. 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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In what follows here I will give a chronological overview of Bernard, but without going into the detail that a full-fledged biography would require. Ever since Bernard’s lifetime his admirers and detractors have been trying to capture the essence of his charisma and influence. 3 The second book concentrates on Bernard’s involvement in the papal schism between Innocent II and Anacletus but also shows Bernard as miracle worker, moving from place to place in Aquitaine and Italy with crowds of the poor and lame seeking his assistance.
73 See Beryl Smalley’s review of Jean Leclercq’s Bernard, note 25 above. ”74 But Bernard did not express such a wish, while he indicated displeasure with the regime imposed on him and especially the “irrational beast” who looked after him. Once again William was sensitive to Bernard’s diet and his stomach, but he blamed his friend’s problems on his caretaker and not on Bernard. The man is accused to serving him raw blood instead of butter and to have let him drink oil instead of water. 75 His description of coming to Clairvaux has become a classic characterization of 12th-century monastic life, for William quite consciously compared “the impenetrable woods .
20 brian patrick mcguire his monks that if Judas had taken the Cistercian habit, he would have been saved. 11 It was especially the achievement of Leclercq, Benedictine monk of Clervaux abbey in Luxembourg, to scour the libraries not only of Europe but also of North America, in pursuit of manuscripts containing the works of Bernard. 12 The Opera Sancti Bernardi is a beautiful piece of scholarship, but the notes are often inadequate, with the result that later Italian and German editions incorporated the Latin text but added their own notes.
A Companion to Bernard of Clairvaux (Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition) by Edited by Brian Patrick McGuire