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Introduction: A Companion To Bernard Of Clairvaux

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Many medieval figures are better known today than they were in their own time. This chapter offers the reader a tribute of many good conversations about Bernard of Clairvaux, his life, thought, impact on his times, and his importance to generations of monks, nuns, and lay scholars. Bernard is controversial. Bernard is not easy to read or to understand. Bernard cannot be reduced to simple statements. All these assertions are explained and justified in the various articles of outstanding scholars who devote all or part of their research to aspects of Bernard's life and thought. The chapter seeks sought to provide the reader with some of the main themes relevant to Bernard: the events of his life, the contents of his writings, his relationship to his friends and his enemies, his view of art, and ways in which he was remembered after his death.

Keywords: Bernard of Clairvaux; medieval period



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