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The letters of Heloise and Abelard : a translation of their collected correspondence and related writings

Author: Mary Martin McLaughlin; Bonnie Wheeler
Publisher: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The letters of Heloise and Abelard will remain one of the great, romantic and intellectual documents of human civilization while they, themselves, are probably second only to Romeo and Juliet in the fame accrued by tragic lovers. Here for the first time in Mart Martin McLaughlin's edition is the complete correspendence with commentary. The letters of Heloise and Abelard will remain one of the great romantic and
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Genre/Form: Elektronisches Buch
Correspondence
Named Person: Heloise; Haeloeise; Peter Abelard
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Martin McLaughlin; Bonnie Wheeler
ISBN: 9780230101876 0230101879
OCLC Number: 732255734
Notes: Originally published in: 2010.
Description: Online-Datei (400 p.)
Details: Adobe Ebook Reader.
Responsibility: edited by Mary Martin McLaughlin, Bonnie Wheeler.

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The letters of Heloise and Abelard will remain one of the great, romantic and intellectual documents of human civilization while they, themselves, are probably second only to Romeo and Juliet in the fame accrued by tragic lovers. Here for the first time in Mart Martin McLaughlin's edition is the complete correspendence with commentary. The letters of Heloise and Abelard will remain one of the great romantic and intellectual documents of human civilization while the writers themselves are probably second only to Romeo and Juliet in the fame accrued by tragic lovers. Here for the first time is their collected correspondence with helpful and accessible commentary.

"Heloise and Abelard have been extraordinarily well served by this latest translation of their celebrated correspondence. Every aspect of the book is exemplary, from its comprehensive and unobtrusive annotations, to its enthralling introduction. But the greatest strength of the book is perhaps to undo a lot of the posthumous myth-making surrounding the couple, as its brisk and supple translation allows them to speak openly in their own terms. Thus Heloise clearly emerges with all her fierce passion and fiercer intelligence, while Abelard presents a personality as contradictory as his philosophy, being by turns nostalgic and repentant, combative and humble, caustic and self-pitying. Nonetheless the edition does not restrict itself to these voices alone, but expands their dialogue into a full-blown symposium, including a generous selection of related letters by both hostile and sympathetic parties, such as Peter the Venerable and Bernard of Clairvaux. In sum, this edition is an astonishing scholarly achievement, and will no doubt stand as the authoritative edition for some decades to come." - Ben Parsons, Teaching Fellow in English, University of Leicester.

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