Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Geoffrey Grossus: The Life of the Blessed Bernard of Tiron

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Geoffrey Grossus: The Life of the Blessed Bernard of Tiron

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Geoffrey Grossus: The Life of the Blessed Bernard of Tiron, trans, and introd. Ruth Harewood Cline (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2009). xxxiv +177 pp. ISBN 978-08132-1681-2. $24.95. Bernard of Tiron (c. 1046-1116) is a monk on the run, an office-dodger who escapes first to the forest where he shares a 'tree-bark house' (p. 29) with another hermit, thereafter to the Channel Islands where he lives in freezing conditions on the 'raw roots of greens' (p. 42) before finally being tricked into returning to his monastery to be groomed as its future abbot. Shorn of his beard and of his hermit's 'scraggly, shaggy clothing' (p. 49) Bernard accepts the post, but troubles (noticeably with the abbey of Cluny) ensue. The accuracy of this account, and of what follows, is (as Ruth Harewood Cline 's introduction makes clear) extremely suspect because of the way in which the author of the Life, Geoffrey Grossus, has created a series of twinned episodes, setting out the chapters 'in a classical pedimental organization' (p. …

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