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Bernard of Tours (fl. 1147, d. before 1178)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-B015-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Bernard of Tours, better known as Bernardus Silvestris, was closely acquainted with the major developments in science and theology which took place in the mid-twelfth century. His major work, the Cosmographia, an allegorical account of the creation of the universe and humankind, is dedicated to the philosopher-theologian Thierry of Chartres, who was probably also his teacher. However, Bernard himself was best known as a poet, and he seems to have made his living primarily as a teacher of grammar and rhetoric. His career perhaps reflects the fragmentation of the liberal arts curriculum in his day, including the segregation of literary studies from the increasingly specialized pursuit of the sciences.

Citing this article:
Wetherbee, Winthrop. Bernard of Tours (fl. 1147, d. before 1178), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-B015-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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