ISBN-10: 9004201394

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Bernard of Clairvaux might be the main arguable determine of Western Europe's bright 12th century. not like Abelard, who's visible 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 studies of contemporary scholarship let the reader to make a extra balanced assessment of the fellow, his writings, and his effect 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 that means in his writings.
Contributors contain 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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Abbreviated as VP with number of the book and section; I do not include the chapter numbers). 27 Instead of trying to distinguish between cult and history, as Adriaan Bredero does,28 I consider such stories to be valuable indications of how Bernard’s successors remembered him. The cult of Bernard is part of his history and that of the Cistercian Order, and every story we have about him contributes to our understanding of how he was loved or hated. Some of the stories we have about the child Bernard are conventional, as in his rejection of a sorceress who was brought to cure his headache.

As for the lactation, James France goes back to its known origin in a story about Fulbert of Chartres. Since Bernard took on such prominence in religious consciousness, it is not surprising that the lactation story soon become attached to him. The lactatio images spread in the late Middle Ages but are limited to the Iberian peninsula and northwestern Europe. Another theme that became more popular in the last medieval centuries concerns Bernard and the devil, including the representation of a story that he knew exactly the right Psalm verses.

89 SBO 3, p. 19), trans. p. 54. 31, SBO 3, p. 107, trans. pp. 68–69. 91 At the same time, however, it shows the young abbot already at the peak of his capacity as a writer who could use every literary device and human emotion in order to plead, cajole, flatter, threaten, and overwhelm his correspondent. Bernard could be bitingly satirical, but at times he appears just angry, outraged that his close relative could have abandoned the Cistercian life: “You foolish boy! Who has bewitched you to break the vows which adorned your lips?

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