By Edited by Brian Patrick McGuire
Bernard of Clairvaux could be the main arguable determine of Western Europe's vivid 12th century. in contrast to Abelard, who's visible as a proponent of contemporary pondering, 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 stories of modern scholarship let the reader to make a extra balanced review 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 entice nearly all sessions in medieval society. Bernard lives on this day with the lay and monastic students who proceed to discover new layers of that means in his writings. individuals 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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See Chrysogonus Waddell, Narrative and Legislative Texts from Early Cîteaux (Cîteaux Commentarii cistercienses, 1999), p. 400. ” CSQ 38 (2003), 119–75, esp. 119–120. 26, Cawley p. 25: “Modo enim seipsum dejiciens, fatebatur indignum, per quem fructus aliquis proveniret: modo oblitus sui, aestuabat flagrantissimo ardore . ” 61 Today this condition is more frequently called “bipolar disorder” in order to represent the two extremes of affect. I am wary of the historian’s use of psychiatric terms to describe medieval people, but in Bernard’s case there is certainly evidence of vacillations in his emotional life.
A letter written in the name of Abbot Stephen Harding of Cîteaux and “the whole gathering of Cistercian abbots and brethren” was actually composed by Bernard himself. Holdsworth follows Bernard in his contacts with the General Chapter: in 1137 he indicated that after his Italian travels he needed the sympathy of the abbots there, while in 1143, he informed Peter the Venerable that he was going to remain at Clairvaux and only go away for the General Chapter. Holdsworth shows from the letters that Bernard took the General Chapter seriously and did his best to attend, while for visitations and abbatial elections he had no qualms about substituting other abbots for himself.
45 Dinzelbacher, Bernhard von Clairvaux (note 19 above), p. 14. 46 The decisive moment may have come in a church on Bernard’s way to join his brothers in their siege of the castle of Grancey. This moment of conversion is the stuff of hagiography, but Aleth’s continuing influence on Bernard seems more than likely. ”47 The eldest brother Guy was hindered by marriage and baby daughters, but Bernard asked God to make Guy’s wife ill after she refused to let her husband have his freedom to join the others.
A Companion to Bernard of Clairvaux (Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition) by Edited by Brian Patrick McGuire