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Bernard of Clairvaux: An Inner Life

Brian Patrick McGuire


This intimate portrait of one of the Middle Ages' most consequential men, delves into the life of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux to offer a refreshing interpretation that finds within this grand historical figure a deeply spiritual human being who longed for the reflective quietude of the monastery even as he helped shape the destiny of a church and a continent. Heresy and crusade, politics and papacies, theology and disputation shaped this astonishing man's life, and this book presents it all. Following Bernard from his birth in 1090 to his death in 1153 at the abbey he had founded four decades e ... More

Keywords: Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, spiritual contemplation, medieval reformation, Church, Second Crusade, monastic life, Clairvaux Abbey, Cistercian monasteries, heresy trials, papal schism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501751042
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501751042.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Patrick McGuire, author
Roskilde University