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Author QuotedJean Berthold Mahan
Title QuotedOrdre cistercien et son gouvernement, des origines au milieu du XIIIe siecle (1098-1265)
Date (Year/Month/Day)1948/02/22
ImprintParis : E. de Boccard. 1945
QuotationI looked at the new history by Jean Berthold Mahan [L'Ordre cistercien et son gouvernement, des origines au milieu du XIIIe siècle (1098-1265). Paris, 1945], who was killed fighting in Italy in 1944. It is very business like and looks tremendously solid. I felt flattered that this extremely capable historian belonged to my own generation (born in 1911 in Paris). And also it struck me: these people with their minds and their appetite for structure and solidity, they find things that satisfy them in twelfth century Cîteaux. [Etienne] Gilson, too. Henri Pirenne, too. And when I see Cîteaux as they saw it, I begin to find out something else about the way God's love works in the world.
Quotation SourceEntering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and Writer. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 2, 1941-1952.; Edited by Jonathan Montaldo. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 172
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