Stealing Heaven: The Love Story of Heloise and Abelard
E-Reads, 2010 - 450 pages
"In twelfth-century France, two of Europe s greatest minds met and fell in love. It was a love forbidden by the world around them and eventually they were torn apart from each other. But, the spark of it remained smoldering inside the lovers until their death and beyond. Heloise and her tutor, Peter Abelard, share a devotion passionate in its depth and beautiful in its thoughtfulness. They marry, and Heloise bears a son whom she names Astrolabe. However, all of this must be done in secret, for Abelard is forbidden to wed by the church which considers him a cleric. When the truth of their relationship is exposed, they are separated and punished both in body and soul. Marion Meade weaves history and fiction together in STEALING HEAVEN, an epic story of one of history s most tragic love affairs. With facts pulled from Heloise s actual love letters, Meade creates a poetic and sensual tapestry of France in the 12th century."