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illustrated.1882 Excerpt: ... BEENARD OF CLAIRVAUX. THE subject of
this evening's Lecture is Bernard of Clairvaux, whom I am tempted
to call Statesman and Revivalist. He lived in a far-off time, when
Europe was very unlike the Europe of our own days: so unlike that
it is difficult for us to understand how men could think, feel, and
act as we know they did, and yet not so unlike but that we find the
same human nature, with the same yearning, the same weariness, and
the same havens of rest. He lived in the first half of the twelfth
century. He was born a few years after William the Conqueror died.
David I. of Scotland was covering our own land with churches and
monasteries during Bernard's manhood. Henry II. had not begun the
conquest of Ireland when he died. It is difficult to describe such
a time, so unlike was it to anything we can now see and are
accustomed to, and yet to know Bernard we must know something about
the times he lived in. He was bone of the bone, flesh of the flesh,
spirit of the spirit of that twelfth century. His extraordinary
power over his contemporaries lay in this, that he was in the
fullest possible sense one of themselves. He felt what all men were
feeling, he said what all men were saying, or were thinking should
be said. The prior of a monastery in an obscure part of France, men
knew more about him, and thought more about him than they knew or
thought about pope and emperor. If we have to speak about the first
half of the twelfth century, we call it the time of Bernard, and
that describes it. Bernard was born in 1091, at the Castle of
Fontaines, which, built on a lofty and steep rock, overlooked the
Burgundian town of Dijon. His father, Tescelin de Fontaines, was a
wealthy, sagacious, and pious baron, vassal and friend of that Duke
of Burgundy who went on the F...
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