Walter Map's De Nugis Curialium or Courtier's Trifles is the only work confirmed to be his and contains an unusual selection of matters at court, some fables and stories about some extraordinary events. He is one of the earliest recorders of tales of what eventually came to be called vampires.
One rather interesting story in his book is called "Concerning the Origins of the Cistercians". It seems clear from reading different tales in his book that he does not like the Cistercians. Hence the founders of this order, he states, were four malcontents from England on the run from a strict Abbot who stumbled onto a good plot of land after their money ran out from partying in France.
Then he discusses Bernard de Clairvaux, the most famous Cistercian, canonized for his many miracles and piety. While Map was in Canterbury visiting with the Archbishop Thomas Beckett, two abbots came to see Beckett from Bernard seeking Beckett's support in condemning Peter Abelard and Arnold Brescia. It is not clear if John of Salisbury was present at this meeting but he was Beckett's secretary and a pupil and admirer of Abelard.
When Map describes Bernard as waxing bright among his followers like Lucifer (the morning star, known to us as the planet Venus) "shineth among the stars of the night", you wonder if that was not an unfortunate choice of words. But when the conversation turns to Bernard's many miracles and they start discussing some of his many failures, it becomes clear that Map does not like Bernard either. I have warm and fuzzy feelings about Map already.
The failure that amuses me the most is when Bernard was going to exorcise a man said to be possessed by the devil and asked that the man be released from his chains. The man immediately began pelting Bernard with rocks with all his might and, when Bernard tried to run away, the man chased him through the streets of Montpellier. John Planeta, who was the one telling this story, said the 'miracle' was worth remembering because the "sick man was kind and gentle to all, and dangerous to the hypocrite only". Indeed.
Map also states that the reasons that the Cistercians were after Arnold Brescia was because he was going around Rome denouncing the clergy there but especially the Pope for their wealth and dining off plates of gold and silver. Pope Eugenius was a Cistercian and friend of Bernard's; and, as one hand washes the other, Eugenius condemned Abelard and Bernard condemned Arnold. So, everyone was happy except those who were condemned to death. Abelard recanted to avoid execution but Arnold's mouth was stopped only when they hanged him.
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