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.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd ISBN: 9780140433562 Number of pages: 352 Weight: 258 g Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm
I’ve visited many a monastic ruin in my time, and read the guides and some literature on the architecture of the buildings and the life led therein. But apart from an overview of medieval Christian thought and belief,...
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