Friendship and Faith: Cistercian Men,Women,and Their Stories,1100-1250 / Edition 1

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In these articles Professor McGuire explores the riches of the Cistercian exemplum tradition. These texts are made up of brief stories, often with a miraculous content, which provided moral support for novices and monks in Cistercian abbeys all over Europe in the High Middle Ages. The Cistercians have been seen mainly in terms of their great writers like Bernard of Clairvaux and the impressive buildings they left behind. But Cistercian literature also provides us with more humble insights from daily life, shedding light on questions of sexuality, anger, depression, and bonds of friendship, also between monks and nuns. They bring a freshness of insight and immediate experience, and their seeming naivety lets us be aware of monks' commitment to each other in individual and community bonds. In Cistercian storytelling, the Gospel's message meets an historical context and bears witness to a transformation of Christian life and idealism, while at the same time allowing us precious insights into how ordinary men and women, not just monks and nuns, lived and thought.

Author Biography: Brian Patrick McGuire, Professor of Medieval History, Roskilde University, Denmark

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The seven articles in this collection, originally published between 1979-1988, are united around the theme of monastic friendships in the Cistercian order. McGuire's (Danish Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Copenhagen) study of the Cistercian exempla, or moral stories, particularly those of Caesarius of Heisterbach, are the source of his conclusions about Cistercian friendship. Caesarius is the subject of two of the articles, the remainder consider two other exempla, and three articles on Cistercian relationships. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgements
I Written Sources and Cistercian Inspiration in Caesarius of Heisterbach
II Friends and Tales in the Cloister: Oral Sources in Caesarius of Heisterbach's Dialogus Miraculorum
III The Cistercians and the Transformation of Monastic Friendships
IV A Lost Clairvaux Exemplum Collection Found: The Liber Visionum et Miraculorum Compiled under Prior John of Clairvaux (1171-79)
V The Cistercians and the Rise of the Exemplum in Early Thirteenth Century France: A Reevaluation of Paris BN MS lat. 15912
VI Taking Responsibility: Medieval Cistercian Abbots and Monks as their Brother's Keepers
VII Rebirth and Responsibility: Cistercian Stories from the Late Twelfth Century
Index
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