Bernard of Cluny

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Born: ca. 1085

Died: ca. 1150


Bernard of Cluny was a twelfth-century French Benedictine monk, best known as the author of De contemptu mundi (On Contempt for the World), a long verse satire in Latin. He apparently entered the monastery of Cluny during the administration of Abbot Pons (1109–1122). The first monastery in Burgundy was at Cluny, started by Benedictine monks in 940 AD.

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  • Jackson, Samuel M., Compiler. 1910. The Source of 'Jerusalem the Golden', Together with Other Pieces Attributed to Bernard of Cluny, in English Translation by Henry Preble. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 207 pp.
  • Neale, John M., Translator and Editor. 1865. The Rhythm of Bernard de Morlaix, Monk of Cluny, on the Celestial Country, Seventh Edition. London: J. T. Hayes. 48 pp. A free translation of selected portions of Bernard's De contemptu mundi.
  • Neale, John M., Translator and Editor. 1900. The Celestial Country: From the Rhythm of Saint Bernard of Cluny, Translated by John Mason Neale. New York: Edwin S. Gorham, Church Missions House. 20 pp.
  • Parker, Horatio W. 1893. Hora novissima: The Rhythm of Bernard de Morlaix on the Celestial Country, Set to Music for Soli, Chorus, and Orchestra. Eleven movements, for SATB chorus in Latin and English, with piano accompaniment. English translation by Isabella G. Parker. London: Novello, Ewer, and Company. 167 pp.

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