Heloise And Abelard: A Twelfth Century Love Story James Burge

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Heloise And Abelard:  A Twelfth Century Love Story  by  James Burge

Heloise And Abelard: A Twelfth Century Love Story by James Burge
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Abelard was a brilliant philosopher in Paris. Heloise, his student 15 years his junior, was a poet already famous for her learning, a woman with a uniquely powerful insight into her own feelings. The letters they wrote to each other - some of whichMoreAbelard was a brilliant philosopher in Paris.

Heloise, his student 15 years his junior, was a poet already famous for her learning, a woman with a uniquely powerful insight into her own feelings. The letters they wrote to each other - some of which have only recently come to light - open a miraculous window onto the story of their affair.

We know about their terms of endearment, about the passion of their lovemaking, of stolen moments in churches, of their erotic play. The letters tell the story of the birth of their child, of their secret marriage and the violence and tragedy which followed, culminating in a brutal attack in which Abelard was castrated. In panic and shame the couple separated to continue their lives - and very successful careers - in monasteries.

But their love continued through their letters.



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