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The Letters of Abelard and Heloise
     

The Letters of Abelard and Heloise

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by Peter Abelard
 

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This collection of correspondence between medieval scholar Peter Abelard and Heloise, a French nun, chronicles one of the most tragic love affairs in all history. With their letters, the estranged lovers both mourn and reproach their romantic history as they address a variety of scholarly and professional topics common to the medieval period.

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This collection of correspondence between medieval scholar Peter Abelard and Heloise, a French nun, chronicles one of the most tragic love affairs in all history. With their letters, the estranged lovers both mourn and reproach their romantic history as they address a variety of scholarly and professional topics common to the medieval period.

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ISBN-13:
9781619492592
Publisher:
Empire Books
Publication date:
01/19/2012
Pages:
140
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

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Peter Abelard was a French philosopher and the greatest logician of the 12th century. He taught in Paris, where Heloise was his pupil. After the tragic end of their marriage, she became a nun and he a monk.

Betty Radice was the editor of the Penguin Classics during the 1960s and 70s and an acclaimed translator from Latin, Greek & Italian.

Michael Clanchy researches at the Institute of Historical Research UCL and the Warburg Institute.

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The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (Penguin Classics) 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
MTS More than 1 year ago
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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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But it looks very nice.