The Cambridge Companion to the Cistercian Order

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-01-07
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This volume presents the composite character of the Cistercian Order in its unity and diversity, detailing the white monks' history from the Middle Ages to the present day. It charts the geographical spread of the Order from Burgundy to the peripheries of medieval Europe, examining key topics such as convents, liturgy, art, agriculture, spiritual life and education, providing an insight into Bernard of Clairvaux's life, work and sense of self, as well as the lives of other key Cistercian figures. This Companion offers an accessible synthesis of contemporary scholarship on the Order's interaction with the extramural world and its participation in, and contribution to, the cultural, economical and political climate of medieval Europe and beyond. The discussion contributes to the history of religious orders, and will be useful to those studying the twelfth-century renaissance, the apostolic movement and the role of religious life in medieval society.

Table of Contents

Introduction: withdrawal and engagement
Foundation and twelfth century
The Cistercian Order, 1200-1600
The Cistercian Order since 1600
Structure and Materiality:
Cistercian centres and peripheries
The Cistercian community
Cistercian constitutions and the General Chapter Brian
Cistercian nuns
Cistercian agriculture and economies Constance
Cistercian art
Cistercian libraries and scriptoria
Cistercian architecture or architecture of the Cistercians?
Religious Mentality:
Bernard of Clairvaux: his first and greatest miracle was himself
Bernard of Clairvaux: work and self
Early Cistercian writers
The spiritual teaching of the early Cistercians
Cistercians in dialogue: bringing the world into the monastery
Cistercian preaching Beverly
Cistercian liturgy
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