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Bernard Of Clairvaux And Peter Abelard

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This chapter addresses one aspect of Bernard's life, namely, the relationship between him as abbot of Clairvaux and his ever increasing monastic family. The first of two tables at the end of the chapter is designed to show, first, which houses occur in the correspondence, and when they were founded. The second table arose as it seemed the letters fell into a series of discrete subjects, even though a few letters deal with more than one. This table is also arranged chronologically. It is hardly surprising that the largest group of letters, 31, reveals Bernard's efforts to attract individuals into the form of Benedictine life which he had deliberately chosen when he joined Cîteaux, rather than any older monastic community with which his family had link.

Keywords:Bernard; Clairvaux; Father Abbot



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