Download A Companion to Bernard of Clairvaux (Brill's Companions to PDF

Bernard of Clairvaux may be the main arguable determine of Western Europe's vivid 12th century. not like Abelard, who's obvious as a proponent of recent pondering, 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 contemporary scholarship let the reader to make a extra balanced assessment of the fellow, his writings, and his influence on his interval. Bernard emerges as a multifaceted determine who sought to reform monasticism and ended up turning into a saint with an entice 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 which 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.

Show description

Read or Download A Companion to Bernard of Clairvaux (Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition, Volume 25) PDF

Best middle ages books

The Jews of Medieval Western Christendom, 1000-1500 (Cambridge Medieval Textbooks)

Among the years advert one thousand and 1500, western Christendom absorbed through conquest and attracted via immigration progressively more Jews. This group used to be to make a necessary contribution to swiftly constructing ecu civilisation yet used to be additionally to endure a few bad setbacks, culminating in a sequence of expulsions from the extra complex westerly parts of Europe.

The Slave Kings and the Islamic Conquest, 11th-13th Centuries (Volume 2) (Al-Hind: The Making of the Indo-Islamic World)

This can be the second one of a projected sequence of 5 volumes facing the growth of Islam in "al-Hind," or South and Southeast Asia. whereas the former quantity lined the 7th-11th centuries, this new quantity bargains mostly with the Islamic conquest of the 11th-13th centuries. The ebook additionally presents an research of the newly rising organizational different types of the Indo-Islamic nation in those centuries, migration styles which built among the center East, principal Asia and South Asia, maritime advancements within the Indian Ocean, and spiritual switch.

The Travels of Sir John Mandeville (Penguin Classics)

Ostensibly written by means of an English knight, the Travels purport to narrate his reports within the Holy Land, Egypt, India and China. Mandeville claims to have served within the nice Khan's military, and to have travelled in 'the lands beyond' - international locations populated through dog-headed males, cannibals, Amazons and Pygmies.

Monodies and On the Relics of Saints: The Autobiography and a Manifesto of a French Monk from theTime of the Crusades (Penguin Classics)

The 1st Western autobiography considering Augustine's Confessions, the Monodies is determined opposed to the backdrop of the 1st campaign and provides gorgeous insights into medieval society. As Guibert of Nogent in detail recounts his early years, monastic lifestyles, and the bloody rebellion at Laon in 1112, we witness a world-and a mind-populated through royals, heretics, nuns, witches, and devils, and are available to appreciate simply how fervently he used to be preoccupied with sin, sexuality, the afterlife, and the darkish arts.

Additional resources for A Companion to Bernard of Clairvaux (Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition, Volume 25)

Example text

68. This is a superb article. 36 26 brian patrick mcguire temptation. One can speculate whether Bernard followed his desire and lost his virginity, but if he did, he apparently did not admit the lapse to his friend William. Monastic Conversion 1113–15 At some point after about 1110 Bernard discovered the monastic experiment at Cîteaux, which until about 1119 was known as the New Monastery (Novum monasterium). 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.

Here Holdsworth finds Bernard showing different concerns, as in trying to encourage novices. ” In such contacts Bernard of course was giving advice not only to an individual but also to every future novice who might come to read his letters. Bernard expresses himself in an immediate and personal manner, as in writing from Italy to the community at Clairvaux about how much he missed each one of its members. 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.

As editor I cannot guarantee such a dialogue in the beyond, but here and now I offer the reader a tribute of many good conversations about Bernard of Clairvaux, his life, thought, impact on his times, and his importance to generations of monks, nuns, and lay scholars. With James France’s article we even approach the presence of Bernard in the lives of ordinary people. Bernard is everywhere, for his life and writings are at the very foundation of Western culture and spirituality. 1 Except for his death on 20 August 1153, many of the central dates in his life are still being discussed.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.17 of 5 – based on 31 votes