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This epilogue suggests that the target story of Bernard's work is a basic narrative of fall, restoration, relapse, and redemption; and that his source stories are multifarious. These source stories, each of which represents a particular aspect of the target story, may be shaped as ravishing romances of lovers who embrace and are torn from each other, for instance, as stern tales of armed encounters, or as pragmatic deliberations on domestic matters. The spiritual topography is, at its most fundamental, the route-map of salvation history from Paradise to the celestial Jerusalem, and the array of mainly biblical topoi which line the way. With this reconnoitre into what has heuristically been conceived of as Bernard's mapping of spiritual topography, the author proposes a reading attuned to the Bernardine dynamic, a reading which gravitates between master-narrative and variation, between constancy and diversification.

Keywords: Bernard's mapping; biblical topoi; celestial Jerusalem; Paradise; spiritual topography



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