Saint Bernard did not dwell on the psychological traits of the feminine character as did satirists. Nor did he pay attention to anthropological problems like those which came to be increasingly pondered by scholasticism. Bernard thought of woman’s position solely as it related to the only thing which interested him: the salvation of the whole human race…

Bernard’s was the literature of a theologian. As such, he esteemed woman as the creature and image of God as highly as man. Capable of sharing the same salvation as man and, moreover, able to contribute outstandingly to the work of the Savior in the Mother of God, she is a model of many virtues, the instrument of admirable works, a symbol of the Church and of the soul united to God.

Jean Leclercq, Women and Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1989)

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