Bernard of Clairvaux is perhaps the most controversial figure of Western Europe's vibrant twelfth century. Unlike Abelard, who is seen as a proponent of modern thinking, Bernard is often relegated to the darkest corner of the Middle Ages. Nothing is easy with Bernard, but these fresh evaluations of him and their reviews of recent scholarship enable the reader to make a more balanced evaluation of the man, his writings, and his impact on his period. Bernard emerges as a multifaceted figure who sought to reform monasticism and ended up becoming a saint with an appeal to virtually all classes in medieval society. Bernard lives on today with the lay and monastic scholars who continue to find new layers of meaning in his writings.
Contributors include Christopher Holdsworth, Michael Casey, James France, Diane Reilly, John Sommerfeldt, Mette B. Bruun, Burcht Pranger, Chrysogonus Waddell, E. Rozanne Elder, and Brian Patrick McGuire.
|Publisher:||Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.|
|Series:||Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.50(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Brian Patrick McGuire, D.Phil. (1971) in History, Oxford University, is professor of history at Roskilde University, Denmark. He has published books and articles on medieval friendship, church reform, monasticism and other topics. In 2006 he edited Brill's Companion to Jean Gerson.