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Abelard and Heloise

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Abelard and Heloise

Abelard and Heloise (Great Medieval Thinkers) by Constant J. Mews
Oxford University Press | January 13, 2005 | English | ISBN: 0195156889 | 328 pages | PDF | 2 MB

Constant J. Mews offers an intellectual biography of two of the best known personalities of the twelfth century. Peter Abelard was a controversial logician at the cathedral school of Notre-Dame in Paris when he first met Heloise, who was the brilliant and outspoken niece of a cathedral canon and who was then engaged in the study of philosophy. After an intense love affair and the birth of a child, they married in secret in a bid to placate her uncle. Nonetheless the vengeful canon Fulbert had Abelard castrated, following which he became a monk at St. Denis, while Heloise became a nun at Argenteuil.
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