RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 37400911 LA English T1 Abelard : a medieval life A1 Clanchy, M. T., PB Blackwell Publishers PP Oxford, UK; Malden, Mass. YR 1999 SN 0631205020 9780631205029 0631214445 9780631214441 AB Introduces the reader to medieval life through the experience of Peter Abelard, the master of the Paris schools whose career included seducing Heloise (his student), and being castrated, accused of treason, condemned as a heretic (twice) as well as writing his memoirs -- his 'story of calamities'. Because Abelard touched so many aspects of life, this book is structured naturally around the roles he played. The author describes in vivid and concrete terms what is meant in the twelfth century to be a famous scientist (the master of Latin, logic and philosophy), then a dedicated monk and pioneer of the discipline of theology -- and yet one who was at various times a wandering scholar, courtier and jester. The author's many new findings include the discovery that it was Heloise who inspired many of Abelard's most profound ideas. She educated him: up to now historians have assumed it to be the other way round.