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St Bernard of Clairvaux, monastic reformer in the 12th century, expresses strong distaste for the sculptural details found in many Benedictine cloisters:

'What are these ridiculous monsters doing in the cloisters? What are these filthy apes, ferocious lions, monstrous centaurs doing there? Good God, even if one is not ashamed of these stupidities, one must regret the waste of money.'

Quoted Bamber Gascoigne The Christians, Cape 1977, page 78

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