Bernard of Cluny

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Bernard of Cluny

(klo͞o`nē) or

Bernard of Morlaix

(môrlā`), fl. 1150, French Cluniac monk, of English parentage. He wrote De contemptu mundi [on contempt for the world], a poem in 3,000 hexameters. On it Horatio Parker based his oratorio Hora novissima, and from it John Mason Neale drew the words of Jerusalem the Golden.
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Ese abandono de lo material, de contemptu mundi, que Sancho ha logrado mediante su contemplacion del teatro del mundo esta estrechamente relacionado con el motivo central del cartografo y cosmografo flamenco, Abraham Ortelius en su Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (1570) dedicado a Felipe II, y mas concretamente su Typus Orbis Terrarum el mapa con el que se da inicio el atlas.
In the same "Postscript", Eco explains that the Latin hexameter just quoted comes from the poem "De contemptu mundi" (I, 952), written by the twelfth-century Benedictine Bernard of Cluny (Eco 505 refers to him as Bernard of Morlay).
This book legitimately focuses on the classical tradition, so Eden mentions only in passing specifically Christian texts such as De contemptu mundi, Enchiridion, Institutio principis christiani, and Paraclesis.
For example, in a number of letters she reveals feelings of depression, or what some might call the de contemptu mundi theme, as in the letters of 10 May 1623, 18 October 1630, and 2 July 1633.
Furthermore, the ~great men' approach to literary history has ensured that medieval scholarship on (for example) Virgil, Ovid, and the satirists has received a great deal of attention, whereas the glosses and commentaries on texts like the Disticha Catonis, the De contemptu mundi, and Alan of Lille's Parabolae have largely been ignored.
This can be demonstrated from a variety of his works, ranging from the deeply serious De contemptu mundi to the more lighthearted Praise of Folly and Lingua.
In his praise of monasticism, De contemptu mundi, composed in 1491 but not published until 1521, Erasmus sets out to persuade a "cousin" of his to abandon the stormy seas of this world by entering the monastery: "Ulysses, according to Homer a model of wisdom and perfection, barely made his escape from the Sirens' song despite taking great care to stop his ears with wax and have himself tied to the mast with a rope.