By Edited by Brian Patrick McGuire
Bernard of Clairvaux might be the main debatable determine of Western Europe's brilliant 12th century. in contrast to Abelard, who's obvious as a proponent of contemporary considering, Bernard is frequently relegated to the darkest nook of the center a long time. not anything is straightforward with Bernard, yet those clean reviews of him and their reports of contemporary scholarship allow the reader to make a extra balanced assessment of the guy, his writings, and his impression on his interval. Bernard emerges as a multifaceted determine who sought to reform monasticism and ended up turning into a saint with an attract nearly all periods in medieval society. Bernard lives on this day with the lay and monastic students who proceed to discover new layers of which 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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I hope he is right. Our collection ends with another scholar who looks forward to what comes after, John R. Sommerfeldt, who was one of the founders of the Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo that also gave birth to the Cistercian Studies Conference. In a few concentrated pages Sommerfeldt tells of his lifelong journey through Bernard and what he has learned from him. Here there were a number of surprises, especially in a rejection of a monastic life based on extreme asceticism. Bernard turns out to be keenly aware of the joys of the sensual universe.
7. 11 Sancti Bernardi Opera, 8 vols (Rome, 1957–77) [abbreviated henceforth as SBO]. H. -M. Rochais alone. 12 Many of these pseudo-Bernardian works are included in PL 184. Already in the 19th century it was known that many works attributed to Bernard were not from his pen. It would contribute greatly to our understanding of late medieval spirituality if more work were done with these often-moving expressions of piety. 13 See Bernhard von Clairvaux. Sämtliche Werke, vols 1–10, ed. Gerhard B. Winkler (Innsbruck, 1990–2002).
In Geoffrey’s own words, contained in the Preface to the third book of the Vita Prima: “First of all are pursued those matters which especially pertain to the way of life, customs and teaching (habitum, mores, atque doctrinam) of the blessed father; secondly the many good actions (virtutes multas) performed by him are articulated. ”6 In spite of modern studies on the composition of the Vita Prima we have long lacked a critical edition. -P. Migne in 1855. 8 But his work is nothing but an anthology of the Vita Prima, which leaves out unpleasant sections, such as the description of Bernard’s stomach ailment.
A Companion to Bernard of Clairvaux (Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition) by Edited by Brian Patrick McGuire