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Abelard and Heloise are nearly as famous a pair of tragic lovers as the fictional Romeo and Juliet, and their story (as revealed in "The Letters of Abelard and Heloise") remains one of the world's most dramatic and well-known love affairs. Their shared passion for knowledge, religious faith, and one another sealed their destiny. Abelard was a well-respected, 12th-century Parisian philosopher and teacher, and Heloise was his gifted young student. Through their impassioned writings unfolds the story of a romance, from its reckless, ecstatic beginnings to the public scandal, enforced secret marriage, and devastating consequences that followed. These eloquent and intimate "Letters of Abelard and Heloise" express a vast range of emotions from adoration and devotion to reproach, indignation, and grief, and offer a fascinating insight into religious life in the Middle Ages. Their ardor is unmistakable; as Abelard writes to his love, "So intense were the fires of lust which bound me to you that I set those wretched, obscene pleasures, which we blush even to name, above God as above myself..." When their hidden marriage could no longer withstand the challenges in its path, each lover sought refuge in the church--Abelard became a monk and Heloise an abbess. Their correspondence continued as both achieved success in their new careers but continued to struggle with their feelings for one another. "The Letters of Abelard and Heloise" powerfully articulate the wide range of emotions they experienced. So timeless is their love story that--after eight centuries--their passion, their devotion, and their struggle still resonate with readers.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780815404866
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1974
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 264

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    Letters of Abelard and Heloise

    Betty Radice's now-classic translation of the letter exchange between Pierre Abelard and his former pupil/mistress/wife, now fellow monastic, Heloise, is unique evidence not only for their tragic affair but for the intellectual climate of Paris in the High Middle Ages. Abelard, maverick logician and theologian, is fully matched in a personal and philosophical battle of wits (and hearts) by Heloise, whose "ethic of intention" is as informed as his, and more deeply felt. An introduction by Betty Radice and article by Michael Clanchy enhance this already-delightful letter collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2009

    I haven't read the book.

    But it looks very nice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2000

    Teenagers would find this book oddly reassuring

    I read this book as a text a year ago for a medieval history course. A friend told me that she was reading it, so I feel compelled to summarize it for those who haven't read it yet. Abelard was a French theologian whose methodology was diaclecticism: a method of synthsizing two contradictory ideas. He tutors the niece of the cathedral chapter'a headmaster and seduces her. Their study sessions are more about their lovemaking than schoolwork. Their affair is discovered when the headmaster bursts into their room. In an act of reprisal, the headmaster castrates Abelard. Yet he doesn't lose his libido. Heloise is still in love with him even though she is sent to a nunnery. The book is a collection of letters describing the consequence of their affair: teen pregnancy and their relationship afterwards. Abelard's inability to balance his love life with his career is a source of reassurance for those of us who have shared his problem. Heloise's letters reveal a brilliant woman whose greatness is limited by her attachment to her former lover. Teh book deals with issued all relevant to our own lives, and a teenager would surely feel less lost and alone after reading these collection of letters.

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