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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 recent pondering, Bernard is usually relegated to the darkest nook of the center a while. not anything is simple with Bernard, yet those clean reviews of him and their stories of contemporary scholarship permit the reader to make a extra balanced overview of the fellow, his writings, and his impression on his interval. Bernard emerges as a multifaceted determine who sought to reform monasticism and ended up changing into a saint with an attract almost all periods in medieval society. Bernard lives on at the present time with the lay and monastic students who proceed to discover new layers of that means in his writings. participants comprise 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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47 28 brian patrick mcguire monastic candidates. Here there were also two men who failed to cope with the challenge and whose stories are intended as warnings. Bernard and his brothers left behind their youngest brother. Guy is supposed to have said to Nivard that he received all the family property, but the youth replied: “So it’s heaven for you and earth’s bit of land for me? ”52 This remark epitomizes the pithy and memorable bon mot, easily remembered, that is the stuff of exemplum literature.

Bredero’s project is sympathetic: “I continued to be intrigued by the question of how Bernard must be understood as a human being” (p. xi), but as Peter Dinzelbacher points out, Bredero borders on “Hyperkritik” (Bernhard von Clairvaux, note 19 above, p. 365). 30 But we have here a perception of the infant Jesus that is a forerunner of what will come with Francis of Assisi. The vision is something unique, for William a sign of what the child Bernard would become, for us an indication of the affective spirituality Bernard would champion.

On the one hand we are stumped whenever we try to establish a clear fact about an event in Bernard’s life, while on the other we are confronted with a rich texture of literary imagery that is almost endless. Mette Bruun devotes the last part of her article to an exposition of the peregrinus, the pilgrim, traveller, or wanderer, from Augustine to Bernard. Once again we return to Bernard’s Sermon 26 on the Song of Songs and his lament over his brother Gerard. This has become perhaps the key text of this volume, to which several of the contributors relate.

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