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Héloïse approximately 1095-1163 or 1164

Works: 519 works in 1,521 publications in 8 languages and 37,054 library holdings
Genres: Personal correspondence  Love letters  Poetry  Hymns  Autobiographies  Correspondence  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History 
Roles: Author, Attributed name, Interviewee, Honoree
Classifications: PA8201, 189.4
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Letters of Abelard and Heloise : to which is prefix'd, a particular account of their lives, amours, and misfortunes by Peter Abelard( )

76 editions published between 1713 and 2011 in English and held by 691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The letters of Abelard and Heloise by Peter Abelard( Book )

39 editions published between 1775 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the relationship between Abelard and Heloise is told through the letters of Peter Abelard, a French philosopher and one of the greatest logicians of the twelfth century, and of 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. They also offer insight into religious life in the Middle Ages. This is the revised edition of Betty Radice's translation, in which Michael Clanchy, the biographer of Abelard, updates the scholarship on the letters and the lovers. This volume includes Abelard's autobiography and his spiritual advice to Heloise and her nuns, as well as a selection of the 'lost love letters' of Abelard and Heloise, letters between Heloise and Peter the Venerable, two of Abelard's hymns, a chronology, notes and maps
The letters of Heloise and Abelard : a translation of their collected correspondence and related writings by Peter Abelard( )

12 editions published between 1787 and 1802 in English and held by 455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"She began their passionate and complex correspondence by calling him " ... her heart's love ..." while he referred to her as " ... the singular joy and only solace of a weary mind." The letters of Heloise and Abelard will remain one of the great, romantic and intellectual documents of human civilization while they, themselves, are probably second only to Romeo and Juliet in the fame accrued by tragic lovers. Living in the abbey of the Paraclete in the12th century, the two poured each others hearts and minds out to each other in a series of letters. Here for the first time in McLaughlin's edition is the complete correspondence with commentary. This book will be a necessity for anyone interested in the medieval period and for those interested in these two touchingly unforgettable figures from the distant past. This book is a companion volume to McLaughlin's study of Heloise, Heloise and the Paraclete."--Jacket
The immortal lovers: Heloise and Abelard by Marjorie Muir Worthington( Book )

3 editions published between 1960 and 1962 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Letters of Abelard and Heloise : To which is prefix'd, a particular account of their lives, amours, and misfortunes. Extracted chiefly from Monsieur Bayle. Translated from the French by Peter Abelard( )

25 editions published between 1713 and 1824 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Letters of Abelard & Heloise : with a particular account of their lives and misfortunes ; to which are added, poems by Pope ... etc by Peter Abelard( )

15 editions published between 1714 and 1808 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The letters and other writings by Peter Abelard( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The most comprehensive compilation of the works of Abelard and Heloise ever presented in a single volume in English, The Letters and Other Writings features an accurate and stylistically faithful new translation of both The Calamities of Peter Abelard and the remarkable letters it sparked between the ill-fated twelfth-century philosopher and his brilliant former student and lover--an exchange whose intellectual passion, formal virtuosity, and psychological drama distinguish it as one of the most extraordinary correspondences in European history
Epistolae duorum amantium. Briefe Abaelards und Heloises? by Peter Abelard( Book )

9 editions published in 1974 in Latin and German and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The letter collection of Peter Abelard and Heloise by Peter Abelard( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Highlights: --A much needed new, critical edition of one of the most celebrated love affairs in western history --A central point of reference and enquiry into the European Renaissance of the Twelfth Century --Exposes keen rivalries among leading scholars and churchmen in twelfth-century France --Richly informative about lively debates between scholars in the twelfth century --Aids understanding of medieval love and marriage --Reveals the enormous grief of an unwilling but very wise abbess; provides keen insights into medieval literary artistry --Includeds invaluable documentation concerning female monasticism in the Middle Ages. The collected letters of Peter Abelard and Heloise provide an extraordinarily vivid account of one of the most celebrated love affairs in the western world. It was an affair that developed into a vigorous quarrel and raised fundamental questions about love, marriage, and religious life, and also provided a uniquely valuable illustration of the intellectual and religious ferment that is called the Renaissance of the twelfth century. Abelard was the leading philosopher of his time and a very public figure in France, as well as being a fiercely attacked theologian and unpopular abbot. Heloise, his brilliant pupil, lover, and wife, also became a nun and abbess, much against her will. She provoked this brilliantly written correspondence which is widely regarded as one of the finest literary compositions of the twelfth century. These letters have for many centuries given enjoyment to their readers and have inspired numerous creative imitations. They have also given rise to huge disagreements over their historical content and significance. The collection opens with an autobiography which contains the story of the calamities that followed Abelard's successes - his castration, his condemnation for heresy, and the unhappiness of the couple's separation. Heloise's letters show an exceptional outpouring of grief and bitter recrimination. Yet the correspondence closes with thoroughly serious, scholarly, and original enquiries into the origins and development of pagan, Jewish, and Christian ideals of religious life both male and female. It constitutes a fundamental source for discussion and debate about important features of thought and religion in the Middle Ages. A new critical edition based on all the manuscripts has long been needed. Its appearance here with a facing English translation, a full introduction, extensive annotation taking into account recent scholarship, and detailed indexes will enable all kinds of readers to enjoy the letters and to join the debates which they always stir. Readership: Historians and students of medieval culture, religion, and thought; readers interested in medieval women writers; historians of medieval schools and universities and of medieval monasticism Edited by David Luscombe, Emeritus Professor of Medieval History, The University of Sheffield Translated by the Late Betty Radice, Formerly Honorary Fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford, and former vice-president of the Classical Association, and revised by David Luscombe David Luscombe studied and taught in the University of Cambridge and was Professor of Medieval History in the University of Sheffield until 2003. Publisher's note
Letters of Abelard and Heloise : to which is prefixed a particular account of their lives, amours and misfortunes by Peter Abelard( )

10 editions published between 1731 and 1798 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This scarce antiquarian book is included in our special Legacy Reprint Series. In the interest of creating a more extensive selection of rare historical book reprints, we have chosen to reproduce this title even though it may possibly have occasional imperfections such as missing and blurred pages, missing text, poor pictures, markings, dark backgrounds and other reproduction issues beyond our control. Because this work is culturally important, we have made it available as a part of our commitment to protecting, preserving and promoting the world's literature
Letters of Abelard and Heloise : To which is prefix'd, a particular account of their lives, amours, and misfortunes ... translated from the French by Peter Abelard( )

8 editions published in 1722 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lettres et épîtres amoureuses d'Héloïse et d'Abeilard. Nouvelle édition. Tome premier by Peter Abelard( )

4 editions published in 1793 in French and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The love letters of Abelard and Heloise by Peter Abelard( Book )

18 editions published between 1903 and 2012 in English and Latin and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Almost one thousand years ago two people fell in love. Peter Abelard was the tutor of nineteen year old Heloise, and nearly twenty years her senior. It was a torrid affair, Heloise fell pregnant, and her guardian, Abbot Fulbert, plotted a hideous revenge. Abelard was seized and castrated. The lovers responded to this catastrophe by retreating into separate religious orders and seeking peace in the service of God. Years later a letter from Abelard to a friend falls by chance into Heloise's possession. She writes to him and there follows a series of letters that, even today, has the power to shock, excite and move the reader to tears. The poignant yearning to see one another once more is in every line of their correspondence. Heloise's timeless declarations of love could have been written only yesterday; her reckless, ruthless honesty, her apotheosis of love over morality - 'If the emperor Augustus saw fit to honor me with marriage ... it would be dearer to me to be called not his empress, but your whore' - cannot fail but impress with its hopeless, defiant fidelity. Absolutely captivating."--Publisher's description
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Alternative Names
Claus, Héloïse

Eloisa 1101-1164

Eloisa, approximately 1095-1163 or 1164

Ëloiza, 1101-1164

Ėloiza, approximately 1095-1163 or 1164

Heloísa 1101-1164

Heloísa, approximately 1095-1163 or 1164


Heloise, 1101-1164


English (453)

French (22)

Latin (8)

German (4)

Italian (3)

Chinese (2)

Spanish (1)

Russian (1)