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The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (Penguin Classics) Kindle Edition
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|Kindle Edition, 27 Nov 2003||
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|Length: 384 pages|
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The letters in the rest of the book date from after Abelard's autobiography was published, and if you read them closely you'll see just how clever Heloise really is. They're worth reading anyhow, because of the breathtaking passion they convey, but if you look you'll notice she manages to use his own philosophical doctrines to defeat him and rewrites the Historia Calamitatum for him from her own perspective.Read more ›
It also gives us an interesting take on medieval life of the intellectual class. What life was like in Paris at the time of the founding of its first University is mapped out in the historia calamitatum, but also the real historical threat of heresy accusation under which Abelard laboured for his philosophical and theological insights. Also the issue of the place of women must be considered. It is interesting that Heloise was one of the very few lettered women in her time - a lone voice in the otherwise silenced abyss of time - yet she certainly does her education justice!!
Ubove all, this makes intense reading. History is brought to light on these pages in such an intimate and immediate way. For those who are interested, there is a book called "The Lost Letters of Abelard and Heloise", which is suspected to be their letters of exchange in the heat of their love affair (This book contains their letters from when they are cloistered up).
But whatever their status, they are a fine insight into C12th mores, not least the roles available to medieval woman, and the problematic relationship between sexuality and holiness.
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Most will buy as a uni textbook and this does what it says on tin. Cant fault as such. Useful commentary as wellPublished 13 months ago by MagikHairbrush
Was romantic love invented in the Middle Ages? If so, then the true story of Pierre Abelard and Heloise is a template. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mr. D. P. Jay
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