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Abelard : a medieval life

Author: M T Clanchy
Publisher: Oxford, UK ; Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 1999.
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Introduces readers to medieval life through the experience of Peter Abelard, the master of the Paris schools, whose career included, seducing Heloise, being castrated, accused of treason, condemned  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographie
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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