A Saint in the Sun

Praising Saint Bernard in the France of Louis XIV

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David N. Bell
  • Collegeville, MN: 
    Liturgical Press
    , April
     2017.
     602 pages.
     $49.95.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780879072711.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Elissa Cutter forthcoming.

Description

This volume contains translations or summaries of the most important panegyrics in praise of Saint Bernard that were preached during the reign of Louis XIV. Some of the preachers were and are regarded as the greatest orators ever to grace the French pulpit. All the translations are extensively annotated, and there are three introductory chapters providing a necessary background for appreciating the sermons. Sixteen preachers are represented, and, with one exception, none of the material has ever appeared in English. For those interested in the afterlife of Saint Bernard, as he was used, and sometimes abused, in the reign of the Sun King, this collection provides essential primary sources.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

David N. Bell is professor emeritus of religious studies at Memorial University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He retired as head of the department of religious studies at the end of 2011. He has published some two dozen books, more than a hundred articles, and a great number of book reviews. His most recent book, published May 2014, is The Library of the Abbey of La Trappe: A Study of its History from the Twelfth Century to the French Revolution (Brepols).

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