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Isaac of Stella

(c. 1100—1178)


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(c.1100–c.1178),

Cistercian monk. Of English origin, by 1147 he was abbot of Stella (NE of Poitiers). Probably in 1167 he left Stella to set up a monastery on the Île de Ré, off the French coast near La Rochelle. Fifty-seven sermons and two treatises survive. He developed an understanding of the soul's ascent to God whereby, through a purification of love, the intelligentia or mens attains union with God in an act of intuitive knowledge.

Subjects: Christianity — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).


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