Gasper, Giles E. M. (2019) 'Bernard of Clairvaux, material and spiritual order, and the economy of salvation.', Journal of medieval history., 45 (5). pp. 580-596.
This article explores themes connected to the spiritual and the material, especially in connection with order and economy, in the thought of the Cistercian abbot Bernard of Clairvaux (1090/1–1153). It argues that these themes are particularly useful to an analysis of Bernard’s articulation of the challenge of human existence in a fallen world, and the proper role of the Church, its leaders and members, in response to wider concerns for Christian salvation and the material circumstances of twelfth-century Europe. Three treatises provide case studies for this approach, contextualised with discussion of economy in the Christian tradition, and its implications more widely in Bernard’s writing.
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|Publisher Web site:||https://doi.org/10.1080/03044181.2019.1658617|
|Publisher statement:||This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Medieval History on 28 August 2019 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03044181.2019.1658617|
|Date accepted:||19 August 2019|
|Date deposited:||19 October 2018|
|Date of first online publication:||28 August 2019|
|Date first made open access:||28 February 2021|
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