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.
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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.