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|Named Person:||Héloïse; Peter Abelard; Peter Abelard; Héloïse|
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|Description:||xv, 319 p.,  p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||The letters of two lovers --
"At last I came to Paris" --
"By doubting we come to inquiry, by inquiry we come to truth" --
Master of the schools --
"Need I say more?" --
Love and marriage --
"The story of my misfortunes" --
St. Denis --
"Not strong enough to dig, too proud to beg" --
"You are greater than heaven, greater than the world" --
Return to Paris --
The comforter --
The Council of Sens --
"And so Master Peter ended his days."
|Other Titles:||Heloise and Abelard|
This volume is a dual biography of medieval French philosopher and logician Peter Abelard (1079-1142) and French nun Heloise d'Argenteuil (1100-1164). Abelard's affair with and love for Heloise has become legendary. Abelard was arguably the greatest poet, philosopher, and religious teacher in all of twelfth-century Europe. In an age when women were rarely educated, Heloise was his most gifted young student. Their private tutoring sessions inevitably turned to passion, and their moments apart were spent writing love letters. Recently, new love letters between the pair surfaced, when combined with the latest scholarship, recount the couple's clandestine passion -- in a story that is erotic, poignant, and at times humorous.
A cache of newly-discovered love letters written by gifted student Heloise to medieval theology tutor Abelard follows their written relationship from behind cloistered walls after they were forced to separate.