Bernard of Clairvaux by G. R. Evans

By G. R. Evans

During this e-book the well known medievalist G.R. Evans presents a concise creation to St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153), a determine of towering value at the twelfth-century monastic and theological scene. After a short evaluate of Bernard's existence, Evans specializes in a couple of significant subject matters in his paintings, together with his theology of spirituality and his theology of the political lifetime of the Church. the one to be had advent to Bernard's lifestyles and suggestion, this most recent addition to the Great Medieval Thinkers sequence will attract a large viewers of scholars and students of background and theology.

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His career there came to an untimely end when he left it in 1151–52. We also know of secretarial assistance from Gérard de Péronne, Baldwin of Pisa, Raynaud de Foigny. It was usual in medieval letter-writing for the writer to send an oral message with his text, and indeed the main burden of the letter often lay in the verbal accompaniment. So messengers needed skills of a high order. 28 The surviving words of a letter may not be all authentically the letter as it left the mind of the author. 29 Increasingly, secretaries knew their job.

14 A mature man who comes to the monastic life knows what he is doing and makes a major change in his life. A monk undertakes several things in his profession under the Benedictine Rule. He vows to live a certain kind of life, which has outward observances, but observances designed to reflect the denial of self. One of these is silence (Chapter 6 of the Rule), which discourages those sins which can come from the loose use of language. Another is humility (Chapter 7), which works to discourage pride.

83 Any sanction imposed for disobedience derives from the original consent to obey. Some things in the Rule are clearly not ‘negotiable’ from the human side, because they are underlying principles with a divine warrant. Bernard is clear that there is a higher duty under the Rule than that of obedience to it. Obedience must first be to the law of God. 84 Without these no one can live the Christian life at all, and thus no one can live in obedience to the Rule without them. Even God cannot change these rules; to be more exact, he will never do so, because they reflect his divine nature.

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