That Bernard converted countless young men and adults to the monastic life then and later, is well known. His field of action was the feudal aristocracy of his own region. But equally, and throughout the rest of his life, he had some influence on women…We should not overlook the fact that his [1112] arrival at Citeaux coincided with a rush of vocations to women’s monasteries.

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

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