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Founded in 1098 in Citeaux, France, the Cistercian Order sought a return to strict asceticism and a life of poverty. By the end of the 12th century, there were 530 Cistercian abbeys in Europe, and the abbot St. Bernard had become one of the most influential writers of the period. This book contains his letters, sermons, and other works, as well as biographies of other Cistercians.
The Cistercian Order was born in Burgundy at the start of the twelfth century as a movement of radical renewal an Order that survives to this day with the greater part of its written heritage preserved. This volume brings together a selection of its finest works, which speak powerfully across the centuries to modern readers. Writings by St Bernard of Clairvaux (c. 1090-1153) including his letters, The Life of Malachy the Irishman, sermons on the Song of Songs and the sharply satirical Apologia for Abbot William reveal him to be a highly individual and influential writer of the Middle Ages. Also included here are a charming description of Clairvaux, biographies of abbots and a series of exemplary stories, all drawing on the Scriptures to express intensely personal forms of monastic theology.
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This is an anthology of Cistercian writings from the 12th-century Reformation, by Bernard of Clairvaux, William of St Thierry, Aelfred of Rievaulx and others. By concentrating on texts concerning the Cistercian order, the anthology provides an introduction to medieval monastic spirituality.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 305-).
Table of Contents
The Monastic Horarium
CITEAUX: THE EARLY YEARS
The Little Exord
The Admonition of Stephen Harding
BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX
from the Vita Prima by William of St. Thierry, Arnald of Bonneval and Geoffrey of Auxerre
from An Apologia for Abbot William
from The Life of Malachy the Irishman
Three Sermons on the Song of Songs
from On Consideration
WILLIAM OF ST. THIERRY
GUERRIC OF IGNY
AMEDEUS OF LAUSANNE
from the Fourth Homily on Mary, the Virgin Mother
AELRED OF RIEVAULX
from The Life of Aelred by Walter Daniel
from On Spiritual Friendship
from The Mirror of Charity
ISAAC OF STELLA
GILBERT OF HOYLAND
JOHN OF FORD
from The Life of Wu!fric of Haselbury
ADAM OF PERSEIGNE
A DESCRIPTION OF CLAIRVAUX
A Description of Clairvaux
THROUGH MEMORY'S DOOR
Eight Stories from Exemplum Collections