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Abelard : a medieval life

Author: M T Clanchy
Publisher: Oxford, UK ; Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Peter Abelard; Petrus Abaelardus; Abailard, Pierre <1079-1142>; Pierre Abailard; Peter Abelard; Petrus Abaelardus; Pierre Abélard; Pierre Abélard; Petrus Abaelardus
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: M T Clanchy
ISBN: 0631205020 9780631205029 0631214445 9780631214441
OCLC Number: 37400911
Description: xiii, 416 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: The story of Abelard: --
St. Bernard --
Heloise --
Generalizing about the middle ages --
The structure of the book --
pt. 1. Scientia --
'knowledge' (1079-1117): --
Scientia --
'knowledge': --
Science and magic --
Music and science --
Dwarfs and giants --
The acquisition of knowledge --
Abelard and scholasticism --
Literature: --
Gender and literacy --
Abelard's choice of literacy --
Latin letters --
The Latin classics --
Lady grammar --
Voices and letters --
Master: --
The title 'master' --
The beginnings of Abelard's career as a master --
The foundations of a master's power --
The writings of Abelard's masters --
Abelard's debt to his masters --
How was the teaching done? --
Note-taking and glosses --
Abelard in the classroom --
Logician: --
Abelard and Aristotle --
Objectives in teaching logic --
Dating Abelard's writings on logic --
Abelard and Roscelin --
Logical truth and divine truth --
The logic of the trinity --
Logic and absurdity --
Logic and Christian doctrine --
pt. 2. Experimentum --
'experience' (1117-1118): --
Experimentum --
'Experience': --
Abelard's 'History of Calamities' --
The literature of experience --
William IX of Aquitaine and Joy --
The intellectual and ethics --
Knight: --
Jester and Troubadour --
The image of the knight --
Abelard's attitude to war --
Scholastic warfare. Courtliness --
Lover: --
Heloise's only love --
The love of monk and nun --
Knowledge of Abelard and Heloise at the time --
Peter the Venerable's vision of love --
Divine love and human love --
Abelard's debt to Heloise --
Heloise's influence on Abelard's writing --
Man: --
Youth and physique --
Adam and Eve --
Abelard's account of his marriage --
The secrecy of the marriage --
Marriage as divorce --
Castration as reconciliation --
pt. 3. Religio --
'Religion' (1118-1142): --
Religio --
'Religion': --
The Papal schism of 1130 --
The profession of religion --
What was Abelard's religion? --
Monk: --
Monks and castration --
Monks and teachers --
Abelard's flight from St. Denis --
The hermitage of the paraclete --
Abelard's achievements at the hermitage --
'New Apostles' --
The Abbey of St. Gildas --
Patron of Heloise and her nuns --
Heloise's opposition to Abelard's patronage --
Heloise's response to Abelard's writings for her convent --
Abelard's achievements as a monk --
Theologian: --
The development of Abelard's theologia --
The choice of the Trinity as the subject of theologia --
The fate of the unbaptized --
Christ and Socrates --
Heloise's contribution to Abelard's theology --
The legacy of St. Anslem --
The meaning of redemption --
Heretic: --
The lynching of heretics --
Abelard and Roscelin --
The power of the papacy --
Heresy is pride --
Proving heresy --
Abelard's trial at Sens --
The role of St. Bernard --
Doubts about St. Bernard's rhetoric --
Abelard's condemnation in Rome --
The role of Peter the venerable --
Himself: --
'Know thyself'.
Responsibility: M.T. Clanchy.


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"This is one of the best books on medieval culture I have ever read, and I was so delighted by it I was sorry to get to the end and to have to put it down." Norman F. Cantor, New York University "A Read more...

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