joined the Cistercians at Rievaulx in 1134. After serving as novice master in 1142-1143, he was named abbot of the Rievaulx foundation at Revesby. In 1147, he became abbot of Rievaulx, the most flourishing Cistercian abbey in England. His writings, The Mirror of
Charity, On the Soul, and especially On Spiritual Friendship earned him the title "Bernard of the North." He also wrote A Rule of Life for a Recluse for his sister and two historical works, The Life of Edward the Confessor and Genealogy of the Kings of England.
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