Cistercians and Cluniacs: St. Bernard's Apologia To Abbot

Cistercians and Cluniacs: St. Bernard's Apologia To Abbot


  • Paperback
  • 69 pages
  • Cistercians and Cluniacs: St. Bernard's Apologia To Abbot William
  • Michael Casey
  • English
  • 09 February 2018
  • 0879071028

10 thoughts on “Cistercians and Cluniacs: St. Bernard's Apologia To Abbot William

  1. Karl Steel Karl Steel says:

    Bernard faced two mutually incompatible tasks to calm the squabbling of reformist Cistercian and presumptively sybaritic Cluniacs, to maintain his good relations with Peter the Venerable, Abbot of Cluny, and, in a larger sense, to prevent scandal to the church The first chunk of the treatise moves along nicely he accuses his fellow Cistercians of being moralizing hypocrites who have done no better than find an uncomfortable road to Hell 35 He spins out an allegory on Joseph s multicolo Bernard faced two mutually incompatible tasks to calm the squabbling of reformist Cistercian and presumptively sybaritic Cluniacs, to maintain his good relations with Peter the Venerable, Abbot of Cluny, and, in a larger sense, to prevent scandal to the church The first chunk of the treatise moves along nicely he accuses his fellow Cistercians of being moralizing hypocrites who have done no better than find an uncomfortable road to Hell 35 He spins out an allegory on Joseph s multicolored coat as a symbol of the various orders of the church, all coexisting harmoniously in their difference, and thus forming a manifold unity 44 , and then assails those who, scorning others, have the long, large log of pride 46 in their eyes, while forgetting that humility in furs is better than pride in tunics 48 So far, so good Bernard sounds like the Augustine of Confessions and Against the Manicheans in his insistence on the spirit, not the letter, of the law, and on abstinence as a moral, rather than physical, thing However, after writing You Cistercian keep the Rulestrictly he, perhaps, keeps itreasonably 51 , Bernard turns to a satiric assault on Cluniac excess But the excess may be primarily in Bernard s rhetoric and, for that matter, his logic given what he argued in the opening, how can he insist that any vice that shows up on the surface must have its source in the heart 61 A minor point he batters the Cluniacs because of their inadequate taming of the flesh but then he sneers at them for their elaborate dishes, helpfully offering that such dishes oppressthan repress the stomach 56 The point may well be that excessive pleasure leads to its opposite, but, given the context, we can t help but think of the Cluniac egg eaters as punishing their flesh in their own peculiar way, by over filling instead of emptying the stomach.While Jean Leclercq s introduction wisely reminds us of the textuality of Bernard s treatise, warning us of its imperfect utility for social history, nevertheless, Bernard and Leclercq s introduction for that matter contain some interesting material on eating Peters Damian and Venerable warn that the seas and land will be denuded of animals to feed monastic appetites, although both are worried, not about animals, but about the bad effects on human abstinents 17 18 on clothing and textiles apparently catskins, especially imported catskins, were a la mode for monastic bedspreads 60 warfare contra Le Goff on Yvain, Bernard speaks of arrows and spears flying in warfare 58 also note that Bernard speaks of soldier s cloaks as suitable for kings 61 ,which says something about the changing status of the milites disability sick brothers, as a sign of their sickness, staggered around on with walking sticks, so earning themselves better food 58 on architecture the beauty of a church inspires richer donations 65 , a point not lost on university endowment officers and, most famously, interior decoration Here we find Bernard s assault on the ridiculous monstrosities in the cloisters Here is one head with many bodies, there is one body with many heads Over there is a beast with a serpent for its tail, a fish with an animal s head, and a creature that is horse in front and goat behind, and a second beast with horns and the rear of a horse 66, and also see Aelred s Mirror of Charity, where he characterizes such decorations as the amusements of women qtd 67 n169 , and, of course, the opening bits of Horace s Art of Poetry My only complaint, apart from Bernard s logic, is the shortness of this volume Given that at least two Cluniac responses to Bernard survive, and given that this book is only 60 or so pages long, there s no reason the responses couldn t have been translated with this, except, of course, that this is a product of Cistercian publishers Thanks, whited sepulchers Note that this work also translated in The Cistercian World It would be nicely paired on a syllabus with the Libellus de diversis ordinibus


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Cistercians and Cluniacs: St. Bernard's Apologia To Abbot William[PDF / Epub] ☉ Cistercians and Cluniacs: St. Bernard's Apologia To Abbot William By Michael Casey – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk A landmark in the feud between C teaux and Cluny, the Apologia contains Saint Bernard s opinion on the place of graphic arts in the monastery and shows his mastery of satire A landmark Cluniacs: St. MOBI · in the feud between C teaux and Cluny, the Apologia contains Saint Bernard s opinion on the place of graphic arts in the monastery and shows his mastery of satire.


About the Author: Michael Casey

Is a Cluniacs: St. MOBI · well known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Cistercians and Cluniacs: St Bernard's Apologia To Abbot William book, this is one of the most wanted Michael Casey author readers around the world.