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The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (Penguin Classics)

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The story of Abelard and Heloise remains one of the world’s most dramatic and well-known love affairs. It is told through the letters of French philosopher Peter Abelard and his gifted pupil Heloise. Through their impassioned writings unfolds the story of a romance, from its reckless, ecstatic beginnings to the public scandal, enforced secret marriage, and devastating consequences that followed. These eloquent and intimate letters express a vast range of emotions from adoration and devotion to reproach, indignation, and grief, and offer a fascinating insight into religious life in the Middle Ages.

  • The landmark translation and introduction have bee thoughtfully revised and updated
  • Includes a recent essay on recent scholarship and bibliographical discoveries, suggestions for further reading, explanatory notes, maps, and index 

Synopsis:

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

About the Author

Peter Abelard (1079–1142) was the greatest logician of the twelfth century. He taught in Paris, where Heloise (1101–1164) was his pupil when they met.

Betty Radice was editor of the Penguin Classics during the 1960–70s and an acclaimed translator from Latin, Greek, and Italian.

M. T. Clanchy researches at the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London.

Table of Contents

The Letters of Abelard and Heloise Acknowledgments

Preface to the Revised Edition

Chronology

Introduction

The Letters of Abelard and Heloise in Today's Scholarship

Further Reading

Letter 1. Historia calamitatum: Abelard to a Friend: The Story of His Misfortunes

The Personal Letters

Letter 2. Heloise to Abelard

Letter 3. Abelard to Heloise

Letter 4. Heloise to Abelard

Letter 5. Abelard to Heloise

The Letters of Direction

Letter 6. Heloise to Abelard

Letter 7. Abelard to Heloise (summarized)

Letter 8. Abelard to Heloise

Abelard's Confession of Faith

Letters of Peter the Venerable and Heloise

Peter the Venerable: Letter (98) to Pope Innocent II

Peter the Venerable: Letter (115) to Heloise

Heloise: Letter (167) to Peter the Venerable

Peter the Venerable: Letter (168) to Heloise

Two Hymns by Abelard

Sabbato ad Vesperas

In Parasceve Domini: III. Nocturno

Appendix: An Excerpt from the 'Lost Love Letter' of Heloise and Abelard

Maps

The Kingdom of France in the time of Abelard

Paris in the time of Abelard

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140448993
Translator:
Radice, Betty
Translator:
Radice, Betty
Author:
Clanchy, Michael
Author:
Heloise
Author:
Abelard, Peter
Author:
Radice, Betty
Translator:
Radice, Betty
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Letters
Subject:
Love-letters
Subject:
Theologians
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Heloise
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Revised
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
20040431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
7.90x5.12x.89 in. .66 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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