Life and Works of Saint Bernard, Volume 1

2 publishers
, 1889
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Overview

In volume one of Samuel J. Eales’ comprehensive two-volume collection of letters from Saint Bernard, Eales provides an in-depth introduction to the life and works of St. Bernard, a Bernadine chronology, and a quick list of dates for each of the included letters. Eales also provides a summary at the top of each letter, as well as concise biographical material for each letter’s recipient. Volume one includes letters 1–145.

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Key Features

  • Presents the life and works of St. Bernard of Clarivaux
  • Offers a Bernadine chronology
  • Provides insight into the Middle Ages

Praise for the Print Edition

In his writings great natural powers shine forth resplendently, an intellect more than that of the subtle Abelard, an eloquence that was irresistible, an imagination like a poet, and a simplicity that wins the admiration of all. Priests will find it a most valuable book for spiritual reading and sermons.

Catholic World

No writer of the Middle Ages is so fruitful of moral inspiration as S. Bernard, no character is more beautiful, and no man in any age whatever so faithfully represented all that was best in the impulses of his time, or exercise so powerful an influence upon it. . . . There is no man whose letters cover so many subjects of abiding interest, or whose influence was so widely spread.

Athenaeum

Product Details

About the Author

Bernard of Clairvaux O. Cist (1090–1153) was a French abbot and the primary builder of the reforming Cistercian order. After his mother’s death, he sought admission into the Cistercian order. Three years later, he was sent to found a new abbey at an isolated clearing in a glen known as the Val d’Absinthe, about 15 kilometers southeast of Bar-sur-Aube. According to tradition, Bernard founded the monastery on June 25, 1115, naming it Claire Vallée, which evolved into Clairvaux.

About the Translator

Samuel J. Eales was principal of St. Boniface, Warminster, and the author and translator of numerous books, including Sermons Ancient and Modern, The Voice from the Cross: Seven Brief Meditations on the Words of Our Lord Jesus Christ Spoken from His Cross, and The Privilege of Prayer.

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