Scorn for the World: Bernard of Cluny's De Contemptu Mundi : the Latin Text with English Translation and an Introduction
Scorn for the World: Bernard of Cluny's De contemptu mundi offers the complete Latin text and English translation of 12th century work. This poem of almost 3000 lines by Bernard (of Morval), a monk of Cluny, ranges widely over the conventional themes of a popular monastic genre in the Middle Ages: apocalyptic depictions of Antichrist, the Last Judgement, Heaven and Hell, the vanity of the world and the miseries of mankind. In addition, Bernard extensively satirizes vices in society at large in the Church, especially at Rome, with biting sarcasm and impressive erudition. Thus, his book, in spite of obvious exaggerations, is an excellent index to the life and letters of a momentous era. Its unrelenting criticism of ecclesiastical abuses made the work a favourite of 16th century reformers, while the haunting cadences of its unusual metre made the poem a model for 19th century hymnodists.
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