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

Bernard of Clairvaux could be the main arguable determine of Western Europe's bright 12th century. not like Abelard, who's visible as a proponent of recent pondering, Bernard is frequently relegated to the darkest nook of the center a while. not anything is straightforward with Bernard, yet those clean reviews of him and their studies of modern scholarship allow 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 nearly all periods in medieval society. Bernard lives on this present day with the lay and monastic students who proceed to discover new layers of that means in his writings.
Contributors comprise 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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389–413, esp. pp. 405–408. 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.

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. ” Bernard eludes us just when we might think understanding is near. 14 introduction Certainly one of the most vexed topics of Bernardine studies has been his view of art. I cannot claim that Diane J. Reilly’s “Bernard of Clairvaux and Christian Art” will satisfy everyone, but she does manage in a clear and convincing manner to show that Bernard had strong opinions on the use of art in Christian and especially monastic life.

M. Poisson, M. Rubellin (Lyon, 1994), pp. 229–241. See also Gastaldelli, “I primi venti anni di San Bernardo. Problemi e 22 brian patrick mcguire who has recently completed a biography of Bernard has kept to 1090,19 and I think the best we can do is to give both years as possibilities. It is, of course, a reflection of our own modern concerns to get the date of birth right, while in the Middle Ages what mattered was the date of a saint’s death, his or her birthday in heaven. 20 Her father, Bernard, was likely to have been a descendant of the former counts of Bar-sur-Seine.

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