The story of the relationship between Abelard and Heloise is one of the world's most celebrated and tragic love affairs. It is told through the letters of Peter Abelard, a French philosopher and one of the greatest logicians of the twelfth century, and his gifted pupil Heloise. Through their impassioned writings unfolds the story of a romance, from its reckless, ecstatic beginnings through to public scandal, an enforced marriage and its devastating consequences. 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.
This is the revised edition of Betty Radice's highly regarded translation, in which Michael Clanchy, the biographer of Abelard, updates the scholarship on the letters and the lovers.
About the Author
Peter Abelard was a French philosopher and the greatest logician of the 12th century. He taught in Paris, where Heloise was his pupil. After the tragic end of their marriage, she became a nun & he a monk.
Series: Penguin Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 10th February 2004
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1