Some Letters of Saint Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux

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LETTER I (circa 1120) To the Canons Regular of Horricourt

LETTER II (A.D. 1126) To the Monk Adam

LETTER III (A.D. 1131) To Bruno, Archbishop Elect of Cologne

LETTER IV To the Prior and Monks of the Grand Chartreuse

LETTER V (circa A.D. 1127) To Peter, Cardinal Deacon

LETTER VI (circa A. D. 1127) To the Same

LETTER VII (towards the end of A.D. 1127) To Matthew, the Legate

LETTER VIII (circa A.D. 1130) To Gilbert, Bishop of London, Universal Doctor

LETTER IX (circa A.D. 1135) To Ardutio (or Ardutius, Bishop Elect of Geneva

LETTER X (in the Same Year) The Same, When Bishop

LETTER XI (circa A.D. 1120) The Abbot of Saint Nicasius at Rheims

LETTER XII (A.D. 1127) To Louis, King of France

LETTER XIII (A.D. 1127) To the Same Pope, in the Name of Geoffrey, Bishop of Chartres.

LETTER XIV (circa A.D. 1129) To Alexander, Bishop of Lincoln

LETTER XV (circa A.D. 1129) To Alvisus, Abbot of Anchin

LETTER XVI To Rainald, Abbot of Foigny



LETTER XIX (A.D. 1127) To Suger, Abbot of S. Denis

LETTER XX (circa A.D. 1130) To Guy, Abbot of Molêsmes

LETTER XXI (circa A.D. 1128) To the Abbot of S. John at Chartres

LETTER XXII (circa A.D. 1129) To Simon, Abbot of S. Nicholas

Letter XXIII (circa A.D. 1130) To the Same

LETTER XXIV (circa A.D. 1126) To Oger, Regular Canon

LETTER XXV. (circa A.D. 1127) To the Same

LETTER XXVI. (circa A.D. 1127) To the Same

LETTER XXVII (circa A.D. 1127) To the Same

LETTER XXVIII (circa A.D. 1130) To the Abbots Assembled at Soissons

LETTER XXIX (A.D. 1132) To Henry, King of England

LETTER XXX (circa A.D. 1132) To Henry, Bishop of Winchester

LETTER XXXI (A.D. 1132) To the Abbot of a Certain Monastery at York, from Which the Prior Had Departed, Taking Several Religious with Him.

LETTER XXXII (A.D. 1132) To Thurstan, Archbishop of York

LETTER XXXIII (A.D. 1132) To Richard, Abbot of Fountains, and His Companions, Who Had Passed, Over to the Cistercian Order from Another.

LETTER XXXIV (circa A.D. 1130) Hildebert, Archbishop of Tours, to the Abbot Bernard.

LETTER XXXV (circa A.D. 1130) Reply of the Abbot Bernard to Hildebert, Archbishop of Tours.

LETTER XXXVI (circa A.D. 1131) To the Same Hildebert, Who Had Not Yet Acknowledged the Lord Innocent as Pope.

LETTER XXXVII (circa A.D. 1131) To Magister Geoffrey, of Loretto.

LETTER XXXVIII (circa A.D. 1135) To His Monks of Clairvaux.

LETTER XXXIX (A.D. 1137) To the Same.

LETTER XL To Thomas, Prior of Beverley

LETTER XLI To Thomas of St. Omer, After He Had Broken His Promise of Adopting a Change of Life.

LETTER XLII To the Illustrious Youth, Geoffrey de Perrone, and His Comrades.

LETTER XLIII A Consolatory Letter to the Parents of Geoffrey.

LETTER XLIV Concerning the Maccabees But to Whom Written is Unknown.

LETTER XLV (circa A.D. 1120) To a Youth Named Fulk, Who Afterwards Was Archdeacon of Langres

LETTER XLVI (circa A.D. 1125) To Guigues, the Prior, And to the Other Monks of the Grand Chartreuse

LETTER XLVII To the Brother of William, a Monk of Clairvaux.

LETTER XLVIII To Magister Walter de Chaumont.

LETTER XLIX To Romanus, Sub-Deacon of the Roman Curia.

LETTER L To Geoffrey, of Lisieux

LETTER LI To the Virgin Sophia

LETTER LII To Another Holy Virgin.

LETTER LIII To Another Holy Virgin of the Convent of S. Mary of Troyes

LETTER LIV To Ermengarde, Formerly Countess of Brittany

LETTER LV To the Same

LETTER LVI To Beatrice, a Noble and Religious Lady

LETTER LVII To the Duke and Duchess of Lorraine

LETTER LVIII To the Duchess of Lorraine

LETTER LIX To the Duchess of Burgundy


LETTER LX (A.D. 1140) To the Same, Against Certain Heads of Abaelard's Heresies.

CHAPTER I He explains and refutes the dogmas of Abaelard respecting the Trinity.

CHAPTER II In the Trinity it is not possible to admit any disparity: but equality in every way to be predicated.

CHAPTER III The absurd doctrine of Abaelard, who attributes properly and specically the absolute and essential names to one Person, is opposed.

CHAPTER IV Abaelard had defined faith as an opinion or estimate: Bernard refutes this.

CHAPTER V He accuses Abaelard for preferring his own opinions and even fancies to the unanimous consent of the Fathers, especially where he declares that Christ did not become incarnate in order to save man from the power of the devil.

CHAPTER VI In the work of the Redemption of man, not only the mercy, but also the justice, of God is displayed.

CHAPTER VII He severely reproves Abaelard for scrutinizing rashly and impiously, and extenuating the power of, the secret things of God.

CHAPTER VIII Wherefore Christ undertook a method of setting us free so painful and laborious, when a word from Him, or an act of His will, would alone have sufficed.

CHAPTER IX That Christ came into the world, not only to instruct us, but also to free us from sin.

LETTER LXI (A.D. 1138) To Louis the Younger, King of the French.

LETTER LXII (A.D. 1139) To Pope Innocent.

LETTER LXIII (A.D. 1139) To the Same, in the Name of Godfrey, Bishop of Langres.

LETTER LXIV (A.D. 1139) To the Above-Named Falco.

LETTER XLV (circa A.D. 1140) To the Canons of Lyons, on the Conception of S. Mary.

LETTER LXVI (A.D. 1135) To the Patriarch of Jerusalem.

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