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|Title: Aelred of Rievaulx (1110-1167): An Existential and Spiritual Biography|
By: Pierre-André Burton
Translated By: Christopher Coski
Number of Pages: 512
Vendor: Cistercian Publications
|Publication Date: 2020|
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 X 1 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 9 ounces
Stock No: WW072766
2021 Catholic Media Association Award third place award in English translation edition
This book places the life of Aelred of Rievaulx, third abbot of the English Cistercian abbey of Rievaulx, within the hundred-year period from the Norman Conquest of England in October 1066 through Aelred's death in January 1167. While exploring what is known of Aelred's life from his own works and especially from the principal work of Walter Daniel, author of The Life of Aelred of Rievaulx, Burton considers the influence of both English and church history on Aelred's personality and purpose as Christian, abbot, and writer. He emphasizes the place of the crucified Christ at the center of Aelred's life while calling spiritual friendshipnot only personal but cosmologicalthe "hermeneutic key" to his teaching.
Pierre-André Burton, OCSO, is abbot of the Cistercian Abbey of Sainte-Marie du Désert. After receiving a degree at the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, he entered Notre-Dame de Scourmont Abbey (Chimay) in 1987; he transferred his stability to Désert in 1999. He is on the editorial board of Cîteaux. His Aelred de Rievaulx (11101167): Essai de Biographie Existentielle et Spirituelle appeared in 2010, with a supplement in A Companion to Aelred of Rievaulx (11101167), in Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition 76 (Brill, 2017). The two volumes of his Vers linfini dune autre lumière, containing several of his articles from Cîteaux and Collectanea Cisterciensia, were published in 2013 by Pain de Cîteaux.
Christopher Coski is a professor of French and chair of the Department of Modern Languages at Ohio University, where he teaches early modern French literature and the cultural history of France from the Middle Ages to the Revolution. He is the author of From Barbarism to Universality: Language and Identity in Early Modern France (University of South Carolina Press, 2011). His articles on French Enlightenment philosophies of language and mind have appeared in French Forum, French Review, Dalhousie French Studies, Essays in French Literature, and 16501850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era. He also serves as an assistant editor for the French Review.
John R. Sommerfeldt, Professor Emeritus, University of Dallas
"A rich and detailed study of the best-known of English Cistercians, from his childhood as the son of a married priest of Hexham, through his formative years at the Scottish court, to his conversion and entry into the Yorkshire Cistercian abbey of Rievaulx, and his subsequent monastic career as monk, novice-master, and abbot. This is far more than a narrative: Burton demonstrates how Aelreds life before and after he became a monk, and his engagement with the world outside the cloister, were permeated by the importance of friendship and love, and by his search for harmony, reconciliation, and unity, through friendship, with God."
Janet Burton, Professor of Medieval History, University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Lampeter)
"In this beautiful and sensitive study, Pierre-André Burton gives readers a holistic examination of Aelred of Rievaulxs personal biography and writings, arguing that the holistic approach is the key to understanding both Aelred the man and the rich theology, anthropology, and spirituality Aelred offers to readers. Using his profound familiarity with the entirety of Aelreds written oeuvrespiritual treatises, historical writings, sermonsas well as other medieval Cistercian writings, Burton produces a richly woven narrative whose separate threads provide striking insights in their own right and a unified image in their sum. From this book, we see so much more than one man. Aelreds life-long quest for unity, reconciliation, and harmony was manifest in different ways at different times and for different audiences, both monastic and secular, yet in these different examples the readerboth in the twelfth century and todayis offered a consistent, and expanding, theology. This unique study, translated here into elegant English by Christopher Coski, is much more than the sum of its parts, which is precisely what it shows was the case with Aelreds individual actions and writings as well."
Elizabeth Freeman, Senior Lecturer in Medieval European History, University of Tasmania
Catholic Books Review
Catholic Media Association
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