The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise

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The story of Abelard and Heloise is renowned as one of the most legendary and romantic love stories of all time. Peter Abelard was a French philosopher, theologian and preeminent logician of the 12th Century; Heloise, an intelligent and remarkable girl eighteen years his junior, who resided in the house of her uncle. Entering into the house as Heloise's tutor, Abelard soon seduced the young girl. The secret affair was discovered by the girl's uncle, followed quickly by a pregnancy, secret marriage, and the ...
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The story of Abelard and Heloise is renowned as one of the most legendary and romantic love stories of all time. Peter Abelard was a French philosopher, theologian and preeminent logician of the 12th Century; Heloise, an intelligent and remarkable girl eighteen years his junior, who resided in the house of her uncle. Entering into the house as Heloise's tutor, Abelard soon seduced the young girl. The secret affair was discovered by the girl's uncle, followed quickly by a pregnancy, secret marriage, and the castration of Abelard. The pair retreated separately to a monastery and abbey, to live out the rest of their days in religious confinement. These letters are the best evidence of what transpired between the lovers after their separation, despite some speculation as to their true authorship. Powerfully written, these letters have resonated with readers for eight centuries as a standard of romantic love and devotion.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781420938555
  • Publisher: Neeland Media
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Pages: 82
  • Sales rank: 1,176,824
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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Abelard and Heloise are nearly as famous a pair of tragic lovers as the fictional Romeo and Juliet; their shared passion for knowledge, religious faith, and one another sealed their destiny. Abelard was a well-respected, 12th-century Parisian scholar and teacher, and Heloise was his talented young student. The two relate their story through a set of letters to one another and intimate acquaintances. 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..." This forbidden lust resulted in a pregnancy and secret marriage, and when their union 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 set of letters powerfully articulates 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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