One of the most famous of all sermon-cycles, Bernard of Clairvaux's Sermons on the Song of Songs. Bernard was a pioneering figure of the Cistercian religious order and of Monasticism in the Middle Ages. By the end of his life (c. 1090-1153), he was perhaps the most famous and influential Christian figure in Western Europe. His many writings continued to be admired, by Catholics and Protestants alike, and his cycle of sermons on the Old Testament Song of Songs is perhaps his most beloved and widely read work. These 86 sermons are rich in exposition, theological detail, and an almost inspired imagination. They are also meticulous, with several sermons often devoted to just a single verse. The sermons only cover through Song 3:4, but I doubt if anyone has ever complained of this—we can only wish that we had additional sermons for the remainder of the book!