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    Dante and the Mystical Tradition: Bernard of Clairvaux in the Commedia (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature) (Paperback) By (author) Steven Botterill, Series edited by Alastair Minnis, Series edited by Patrick Boyde, Series edited by John Burrow, Series edited by Rita Copeland, Series edited by Alan Deyermond, Series edited by Peter Dronke, Series edited by Nigel Palmer, Series edited by Winthrop Wetherbee

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    DescriptionIn 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 analyses the narrative episode involving Bernard as a character in the closing cantos of the Paradiso, against the background of his medieval reputation as a contemplative mystic, devotee of Mary, and, above all, a preacher of outstanding eloquence. Botterill draws on a wide range of materials to establish and illustrate the connections between Bernard's reputation and his portrayal in Dante's poem. Botterill's fresh approach to the analysis of the whole episode will provoke the reader to re-evaluate the significance and implications of Bernard's presence in the Commedia.


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    Title
    Dante and the Mystical Tradition
    Subtitle
    Bernard of Clairvaux in the Commedia
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Steven Botterill, Series edited by Alastair Minnis, Series edited by Patrick Boyde, Series edited by John Burrow, Series edited by Rita Copeland, Series edited by Alan Deyermond, Series edited by Peter Dronke, Series edited by Nigel Palmer, Series edited by Winthrop Wetherbee
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 284
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 420 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521021722
    ISBN 10: 0521021723
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2ADL
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15700
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: PO
    Libri: I-PO
    DC22: 851.1
    B&T General Subject: 495
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: LCO008000
    DC22: 851/.1
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004130
    LC subject heading: , , , ,
    LC classification: PQ4410.B55 B67 2005
    BISAC V2.8: POE019000
    Thema V1.0: DSBB
    Edition statement
    Revised.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    03 November 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Review quote
    "...[an] intelligent, well-written book..." Peter S. Hawkins, Yale University, Speculum-A Journal of Medieval Studies "...an engaging study of the cultural mystical meaning of the mysticism of St. Bernard as portrayed in the vision of God conclusion of the Divine Comedy...Botterill's thesis should grasp the attention of Dante scholars and students of mysticism." The Reader's Review "...the erudition marshaled in Part 2 is certainly impressive and largely convincing..." R. A. Shoaf, Choice "...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
    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.