Carta Caritatis

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Callistus II (d. 1124)

Stephen Harding (d. 1134) abbot of Cîteaux


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The ‘Charter of Love’, so called in opposition to the obligatory charters of the Cluniac Order, was the document outlining the constitution of the Cistercian Order. It was presented to Pope Callistus II in 1119. The final form dates from c.1155; the nucleus is probably the work of Stephen Harding.

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