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This front matter section of the book Parables Bernard of Clairvaux's Mapping of Spiritual Topography contains the table of contents, acknowledgements and a list of abbreviations. The book addresses a constituent in Bernardine mapping of spiritual topography: the hermeneutics of cartography, textual representations of topography, the anthropology inherent in the topographical layouts, and topography as a mnemonic device in the most comprehensive and compound meaning of that term. It analyses each of the eight Bernardine parables with specific regard to their topographical structure.

Keywords: Bernard of Clairvaux; Bernardine parables; spiritual topography



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