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

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This is a near-five, but Abelard can always use being taken down a peg. Stealth five to Heloise for her honesty and her eloquent depiction of her moral and spiritual doubts. Read full review

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Always awesome to get history straight from the pens of the people who lived it. I confess I had a misguided notion of the Abelard and Heloise love story before I read this collection. Turns out ... Read full review


The Second Letter which is from Heloise to Abelard Interceding
The Fourth Letter which is the Reply of Heloise to Peter 75 V
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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