The letters of Abelard and Heloise

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Cooper Square Publishers, 1942 - Literary Collections - 264 pages
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Review: The Letters of Abélard and Héloïse

User Review  - Lily - Goodreads

I was waffling between 3 or 4 stars; three stars mostly due to Abelard's extremely long and eye-glazing letter to Heloise directing her how to live like a nun. Not helping matters is that Abelard is ... Read full review

Review: The Letters of Abélard and Héloïse

User Review  - Peter - Goodreads

I really loved it, but boy was it a long read, and were I not forced to read at least part of it I wouldn't ever have read, or do I really recommend reading it to anybody, but it is quite easy to ... Read full review

Contents

The Second Letter which is from Heloise to Abelard Interceding
51
The Fourth Letter which is the Reply of Heloise to Peter 75 V
73
The Sixth Letter which is from the said Heloise to the said Peter
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Peter Abelard is considered to be the founder of the University of Paris. He studied under the nominalist Roscelin de Compiegne and the realist William of Champeaux. Disagreement with William led Abelard to withdraw to the provinces and set up his own school at Melun, in northern France, in 1104. He returned to Paris in 1116 to teach. A disastrous love affair with the brilliant and sensitive Heloise followed in 1118. Abelard had been hired as her tutor, and, after the birth of their son, they were secretly married. They later separated, and Abelard became a monk and Heloise a nun. Their correspondence during their years of separation is a literary classic. After the separation Abelard withdrew to Brittany and wrote The Theologia Summi Boni, which was condemned at Soissons in 1121. When he returned once more to Paris in 1136 to teach, his theology was condemned at Sens, chiefly because of the influence of Bernard of Clairvaux. Peter the Venerable of Cluny mediated the dispute between the two while Abelard was on his deathbed. Abelard spent his last days peacefully and was buried near Heloise.

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