The Letters of Abelard and Heloise

The story of Abelard and Heloise remains one of the world's most celebrated and tragic love affairs.

The Letters of Abelard and Heloise

The story of Abelard and Heloise remains one of the world's most celebrated and tragic love affairs. Through their letters, we follow the path of their romance from its reckless and ecstatic beginnings when Heloise became Abelard's pupil, through the suffering of public scandal and enforced secret marriage, to their eventual separation.

Letters of Abelard and Heloise

Peter Abelard was a medieval French scholastic philosopher, theologian and preeminent logician. The story of his affair with and love for Heloise has become legendary.

Letters of Abelard and Heloise

Peter Abelard was a medieval French scholastic philosopher, theologian and preeminent logician. The story of his affair with and love for Heloise has become legendary. Heloise d'Argenteuil was a French nun, writer, scholar, and abbess, best known for her love affair and correspondence with Peter Abelard."

Letters of Abelard and Heloise Correspondences Between a Medieval Theologian and Scholar and His Student and Lover Hardcover

The famous correspondences of the philosopher and scholar Peter Abelard and the Catholic nun Heloise are eloquent and shocking - their forbidden relationship serves as both a drama and history of Medieval society.

Letters of Abelard and Heloise  Correspondences Between a Medieval Theologian and Scholar  and His Student and Lover  Hardcover

The famous correspondences of the philosopher and scholar Peter Abelard and the Catholic nun Heloise are eloquent and shocking - their forbidden relationship serves as both a drama and history of Medieval society. Writing in the early 12th century, Abelard and Heloise first met when both were young. Attracted to one another almost immediately, the two struck up a relationship which blossomed when Abelard convinced Heloise's uncle, Fulbert, to allow him residence in exchange for free tutorship of the young Heloise. Their romance, illicit because they were not a consummated, married couple, continued until Heloise became pregnant with Abelard's child. The subsequent drama which ensued damaged Fulbert's reputation - as a respected canon in Parisian society, he was deeply angered by the pair's affinity. Eventually the two, feeling pressured by Fulbert's anger and the social stigma of the time, agreed to marry in a secret ceremony.

The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise

We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

The Letters and Other Writings

A new translation of the complete correspondence of Abelard and Heloise, this volume also includes a new translation of The Calamities of Abelard, of the letters of Heloise and Peter the Venerable, and of selected songs, hymns, and laments ...

The Letters and Other Writings

A new translation of the complete correspondence of Abelard and Heloise, this volume also includes a new translation of The Calamities of Abelard, of the letters of Heloise and Peter the Venerable, and of selected songs, hymns, and laments of Abelard. Among the verse selections are translations by Stanley Lombardo and a translation by Barbara Thorburn of a recently discovered 'shaped' poem. A chronology, map, and index are also included.

Letters of Abelard and Heloise

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Letters of Abelard and Heloise

"Letters of Abelard and Heloise" by Héloïse, Peter Abelard (translated by John Hughes). Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Forbidden Fruit

From reckless ecstasy to public scandal and cruel separation, their eloquent and intimate letters tell the story of their passionate, doomed romance.

Forbidden Fruit

The illicit relationship between Peter Abelard, a medieval philosopher, and his young pupil Heloise is one of history’s most legendary and tragic love affairs. From reckless ecstasy to public scandal and cruel separation, their eloquent and intimate letters tell the story of their passionate, doomed romance. United by the theme of love, the writings in the Great Loves series span over two thousand years and vastly different worlds. Readers will be introduced to love’s endlessly fascinating possibilities and extremities: romantic love, platonic love, erotic love, gay love, virginal love, adulterous love, parental love, filial love, nostalgic love, unrequited love, illicit love, not to mention lost love, twisted and obsessional love....

Letters of Abelard and Heloise

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Letters of Abelard and Heloise

This is a reproduction of the original artefact. Generally these books are created from careful scans of the original. This allows us to preserve the book accurately and present it in the way the author intended. Since the original versions are generally quite old, there may occasionally be certain imperfections within these reproductions. We're happy to make these classics available again for future generations to enjoy!

Letters of Abelard and Heloise

Whatever those were, these are known to be genuine Pieces occasioned by an amour which had very extraordinary consequences, and made a great noise at the time when it happened, being between two of the most distinguished Persons of that age ...

Letters of Abelard and Heloise

Letters of Abelard and Heloise By the late John Hughes Heloise was a brilliant scholar of Latin, Greek and Hebrew, and had a reputation for intelligence and insight. Abelard writes that she was nominatissima, "most renowned" for her gift in reading and writing. Not a great deal is known of her immediate family except that in her letters she implies she is of a lower social standing (probably the Garlande family, who had money and several members in strong positions) than was Abélard, who was originally from the nobility, though he had rejected knighthood to be a philosopher. It is very surprising that the Letters of Abelard and Heloise have not sooner appeared in English, since it is generally allowed, by all who have seen them in other languages, that they are written with the greatest passion of any in this kind which are extant. And it is certain that the Letters from a Nun to a Cavalier, which have so long been known and admired among us, are in all respects inferior to them. Whatever those were, these are known to be genuine Pieces occasioned by an amour which had very extraordinary consequences, and made a great noise at the time when it happened, being between two of the most distinguished Persons of that age. These Letters, therefore, being truly written by the Persons themselves, whose names they bear, and who were both remarkable for their genius and learning, as well as by a most extravagant passion for each other, are every where full of sentiments of the heart, (which are not to be imitated in a feigned story, ) and touches of Nature, much more moving than any which could flow from the Pen of a Writer of Novels, or enter into the imagination of any who had not felt the like emotions and distresses.

The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise

The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise. Translated from the original Latin and now reprinted from the edition of 1722: by Ralph Fletcher Seymour.

The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise

The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise. Translated from the original Latin and now reprinted from the edition of 1722: by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. In his Historia Calamitatum, an autobiographical piece written around 1132, Abélard tells the story of his seduction of Héloïse, whom he met when in 1115 he himself, like Fulbert, became a canon in Paris. It is unclear how old Heloise was at this time. She is described as an adolescentula (young girl), and so it is often assumed that she was about seventeen at the time, having been born in 1100-1. More recently, however, Constant Mews (and subsequently David Constant) have suggested that the age of seventeen is a seventeenth-century fabrication with no supporting contemporary evidence, and that she was probably as old as 27 at the time. The main piece of evidence for this is that in a later letter, Peter the Venerable writes to Heloise that he remembers her when he was a young man and she was a woman; this, they suggest, implies that Heloise was at least as old and possibly older than Peter. Given that Peter was born in 1092, it would mean that Heloise would have been nearer 27 at the time of the affair. They suggest that this makes more sense of Abelard's later comment that he sought to seduce Heloise because she was the most famous woman in France for her studies – because, as they suggest, she would have been unlikely to have acquired this reputation by the age of 17. More tentatively, the extent of Heloise's accomplishment in Greek and Hebrew, and her mature response to the relationship, might indicate someone older than 17.Abelard tells how he convinced Fulbert to let him move into his house, telling Fulbert that he could not afford to live in his current house while studying, and offering to tutor Heloise in return. Abelard tells of their subsequent illicit relationship, which they continued until Héloïse fell pregnant. Abelard moved Heloise away from Fulbert and sent her to his own sister in Brittany, where Heloise gave birth to a boy, whom she called Astrolabe. It is almost unknown what happened to Astrolabe in later life. He is never mentioned by Heloise in her letters to Abelard, and Abelard's only reference to him outside the Historia Calamitatum is in the verses of advice addressed to him, and thought to have been written about 1135. His death-day is recorded in the necrology of the Paraclete as 29 or 30 October, but no year is given. He is mentioned only once in a later letter, when Peter the Venerable writes to Heloise: "I will gladly do my best to obtain a prebend in one of the great churches for your Astrolabe, who is also ours for your sake"

FORBIDDEN FRUIT THE SECRET LETTERS OF ABELARD AND HELOISE

Their amazingly revealing letters made moving reading even by the open standards of today. One of the great Iove stories of the world, the great tragedies CALLENDER LOVE / CALLENDER MEDIAEVAL TEXT

FORBIDDEN FRUIT THE SECRET LETTERS OF ABELARD AND HELOISE

The tragic exchange of letters between the lovers Abelard and Heioise, great mediaeval scholars, after they were separated by his violent mutilation They were still longing for each other, struggling amidst their duties to God. Their amazingly revealing letters made moving reading even by the open standards of today. One of the great Iove stories of the world, the great tragedies CALLENDER LOVE / CALLENDER MEDIAEVAL TEXT