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The Cistercian World: Monastic Writings of the Twelfth Century

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The Cistercian Order was born in Burgundy at the start of the twelfth century as a movement of radical renewal - an Order that survives to this day with the greater part of its written heritage preserved. This volume brings together a selection of its finest works, which speak powerfully across the centuries to modern readers. Writings by St Bernard of Clairvaux (c. 1090-1 ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 29th 1993 by Penguin Classics
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Snuggly Books
Jul 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
The Cistercian World was RUBBISH!!! St Bernard of Clairvaux overrated af
Jeremy Manuel
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: christianity, history
This is a collection of monastic writings centered around those who were part or associated with the Cistercian order. The most well known figure present in this book for many is Bernard of Clairvaux, but there are a number of other pieces by lesser known authors. Overall, I liked the book in some ways, but I can't say it was a very enjoyable or even a transformative work.

I have read a good portion of Bernard of Clairvaux's work before and haven't really enjoyed him that much, but I was pleasant
J Grimsey
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An interesting book. It discussion on love and friendship in all male monasteries and even between monks and nuns is fascinating. I found it hard to connect it with the outside world but I suppose that is the point. As an Anglican Christian and a sceptic I found it more convincing than some Hagiographies I have read
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: medieval
This was my Lent reading for 2016. It is the second Penguin Classic translated by Pauline Matarasso that I’ve read, the first having been her superb The Quest of the Holy Grail. This volume is an excellent anthology in readable English of selections from some of the most important figures in the twelfth-century Cistercian movement. It moves chronologically from the founding of the abbey at Cîteaux to the close of the century.

Matarasso gives a handy introduction to the origins of the Cistercians
Apr 07, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: history, nytimes, religion
As seen in the New York Times .

Thanks to Stan Lemberg for calling this article to my attention.
Aug 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I found this at Powell's Books tonight for $8.50 (brand spankin' new!). The Cistercian writers included are:
Bernard of Lairvaux
William of St. Thierry
Guerric of Igny
Amedeus of Lausanne
Aelred of Rievaulx
Isaac of Stella
Gilbert of Hoyland
John of Ford
Adam of Perseign
J.W.D. Nicolello
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly valuable resource for my works in progress, found by accident in O Beloved Housing Works, Crosby St, NYC. We shall be together again soon.
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