The Cistercian World: Monastic Writings of the Twelfth Century

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The Cistercian World: Monastic Writings of the Twelfth Century

ISBN : 9780140433562
Publisher : Penguin Classics
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Overview 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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