William of Saint-Thierry (1085–1148), Read by Patricia Ferris McGInn

Part 1
Part 2


WRITINGS in chronological order, include:

  • De contemplando Deo (On Contemplating God) in 1121–1124. This is sometimes paired with De natura et dignitate amoris (below) under the title Liber solioquiorum sancti Bernardi.[2]
  • De natura et dignitate amoris (On the Nature and Dignity of Love) around the same time. This is sometimes called the Liber beati Bernardi de amore.[3]
  • Oratio domni Willelmi (Prayer of Dom. William) in 1120s.
  • Epistola ad Domnum Rupertum (Letter to Rupert of Deutz).
  • De sacramento altaris (On the Sacrament of the Altar) which is the earliest Cistercian text on sacramental theology and written in 1122–23.[4]
  • Prologus ad Domnum Bernardum abbatem Claravallis (Preface to Sac Alt to Bernard).
  • Brevis commentatio in Canticum canticorum (Brief Comments on the Song of Songs) his first exposition of this biblical text in mid-1120s, written shortly after his time of convalescence with Bernard at Clairvaux.[5]
  • Commentarius in Canticum canticorum e scriptis S. Ambrosii (Commentary on the Song of Songs from the Writings of St. Ambrose) around 1128.
  • Excerpta ex libris sancti Gregorii super Canticum canticorum (Excerpts from the Books of St. Gregory [the Great] over the Song of Songs) around the same year.
  • Responsio abbatum (Response of the Abbots) from the General Chapter of Benedictine abbots in the diocese of Reims in 1132.
  • Meditativae orationes (Meditations on Prayer), written c1128-35.[6][7]
  • Expositio super Epistolam ad Romanos (Exposition of the Letter to the Romans), written c1137.[8]
  • De natura corporis et animae (On the Nature of the Body and the Soul), written c1138.[9]
  • Expositio super Canticum canticorum (Exposition over the Song of Songs) his longer commentary on the Song of Songs, written c1138.[10]
  • Disputatio adversus Petrum Abelardum (Disputation against Peter Abelard) as a letter to Bernard in 1139.
  • Epistola ad Gaufridum Carnotensem episcopum et Bernardum abbatem Clarae-vallensem (preface to Disputatio).
  • Epistola de erroribus Guillelmi de Conchis (Letter on the Errors of William of Conches) also addressed to Bernard in 1141.
  • Sententiae de fide (Thoughts on Faith) in 1142 (now lost).
  • Speculum fidei (Mirror of Faith) around 1142–1144.[11]
  • Aenigma fidei (Enigma of Faith), written c1142-44.[12]
  • Epistola ad fratres de Monte-Dei (Letter to the Brothers of Mont-Dieu, more often called The Golden Epistle) in 1144–1145.[13]
  • Vita prima Bernardi (First Life of Bernard) in 1147 which was later added to by other authors after Bernard’s death in 1153.

By RabanusMaurus

Student in the History of ancient and medieval intellectual history, Humanities and Religion teacher on the path to...contemplation and wisdom. This website contains 50 or so interviews and many more resources that might assist you in the search for wisdom; I have started doing this in my own attempt to learn from people through conversation and to help my students encounter different ideas than my own; enjoy and learn!

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