Dante and the Mystical Tradition: Bernard of Clairvaux in the Commedia by Steven BotterillDante and the Mystical Tradition: Bernard of Clairvaux in the Commedia by Steven Botterill

Dante and the Mystical Tradition: Bernard of Clairvaux in the Commedia

bySteven BotterillEditorAlastair Minnis, Patrick Boyde

Paperback | November 3, 2005

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In this study, Steven Botterill explores the intellectual relationship between the greatest poet of the fourteenth century, Dante, and the greatest spiritual writer of the twelfth century, Bernard of Clairvaux. Botterill analyzes Bernard's appearance as a character in the closing cantos of the Paradiso in the context of his medieval reputation as a contemplative mystic, devotee of Mary, and, above all, a preacher of outstanding eloquence. Botterill's new critical stance will provoke a reevaluation of Bernard's significance in the Commedia.
Title:Dante and the Mystical Tradition: Bernard of Clairvaux in the CommediaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:284 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:November 3, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521021723

ISBN - 13:9780521021722

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. (Re-)Reading Dante: an unscientific preface; Part I. Reading: 2. The image of St Bernard in medieval culture; 3. Bernard of Clairvaux in the Commedia: i. Life after Beatrice (Paradiso XXXI), ii. Mellifluous doctor (Paradiso XXXII), iii. Faithful Bernard (Paradiso XXXIII); Part II. Re-Reading: 4. Bernard in the Trecento commentaries on the Commedia; 5. Dante, Bernard, and the Virgin Mary; 6. From 'deificari' to 'trasumanar'? Dante's Paradiso and Bernard's De diligendo Deo; 7. Eloquence - and its limits; Bibliography; Index.

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"...investigates the intellectual relationship between Dante and St. Bernard. He analyses the narrative episode about Bernard as a medieval mystic...he examines carefully the two areas in which a direct intellectual influence of Bernard on Dante has been noted: the portrayal of Mary in the .s:Commediar: and the idea of trasumanar in .s:Paradisor: i, 70." Manuscripta