Bernard of Clairvaux
b. 1090 – d. August 20, 1153 • Abbot • Author • Religious group founder
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Bernard, St
Bernard, St (1090–1153), Abbot of *Clairvaux. Born of noble parents at Fontaines near Dijon, in 1112 he entered the recently-founded monastery of *Cîteaux, together with 30 other young noblemen of Burgundy, including his own brothers. When three years later he was asked by the abbot, St *Stephen Harding,
The Dictionary of Historical Theology
Bernard of Clairvaux (1090/1–1153)
Bernard of Clairvaux (1090/1–1153)A medieval monk and mystic, Bernard became a monk at the age of twenty-one, joining the recently-founded abbey of Cîteaux. Three years later he was appointed abbot of a new monastery at Clairvaux. Bernard went to Cîteaux to flee the world, but he became embroiled in
Compton’s Encyclopedia
Bernard of Clairvaux
Bernard of Clairvaux(1090–1153), French saint and one of the most powerful men of his time. Bernard of Clairvaux led the Cistercian order of White Monks, who adhered to the strictest form of Benedictinism, to its greatest growth and the height of its influence. Bernard is considered the founder of the
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Bernard, St.
Bernard (St.). Abbot of the monastery of Clairvaux in the twelfth century. His fame for wisdom was very great, and few church matters were undertaken without his being consulted.Petit Bernard. Solomon Bernard, engraver of Lyons. (Sixteenth century.)Poor Bernard. Claude Bernard, of Dijon, philanthropist
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Bernard, St.
Bernard (St.) (surnamed the “Last Father of the Church”).—Born in the Castle Fontaines, near Dijon, France, in 1091, of an old patrician family; he entered, in his twenty-second year, with some thirty of his kinsmen and friends, the Order of Citeaux, of which he is sometimes regarded as the second founder.
The Westminster Dictionary of Theologians
Bernard of Clairvaux
Bernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153). Monastic reformer and theologian born in Fontaines, near Dijon, France, of a noble family. In spite of his youth, B. persuaded his five brothers and his sister to live in isolation and under a strict regimen in their father’s house. In 1113, B., his brothers, and other
The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology
Bernard of Clairvaux
Bernard of ClairvauxBernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153) founded the monastery of Clairvaux, of which he became abbot. Clairvaux became the motherhouse of the Cistercian Order. He urged contemplation and the mystical life. In his work On the Love of God he stresses “four degrees” of love (caritas). In the
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Bernard of Clairvaux, St.
Bernard of Clairvaux, St. (1090–1153). Leaving a life of wealth and ease that was his heritage as part of twelfth-century French nobility, Bernard became a monk at Citeux at the age of twenty-two. Some time later he influenced the choice of location for the first monastery of the new Cistercian Order.
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Bernard of Clairvaux
Movers and ShakersBernard of ClairvauxMedieval reformer and mystic“You wish me to tell you why and how God should be loved. My answer is that God himself is the reason he is to be loved.”It’s hard to know how to characterize Bernard of Clairvaux. On the one hand, he is called the “honey-tongued
Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions
Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux
Bernard, Abbot of ClairvauxAs a Cistercian abbot, mystical theologian, and figure of profound authority in twelfth-century Europe, Bernard (1090/91–1153) has been called a “paradox” and “the difficult saint” because of his diverse activities, his inherent contradictions, and the difficulty of penetrating
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Bernard of Clairvaux
Bernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153). Perhaps the most widely acclaimed man of his day, Bernard of Clairvaux was canonized in 1174 and made doctor of the church in 1830. Preeminently a monk, Bernard founded the monastery at Clairvaux but was active all his life along a broad spectrum of endeavor. He helped
New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic
Bernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153)
BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX (1090–1153)Bernard was born at Fontaines (near Dijon) of noble parents. At the age of twenty-one he entered the recently founded abbey of Cîteaux, at that stage the only abbey of the new and strict Cistercian order. Three years later Bernard was appointed abbot of a new monastery,