The Lost Love Letters of Heloise and Abelard
Perceptions in Dialogue in Twelfth-Century France
Lost Love Letters of Heloise and Abelard by Dr Constant J. Mews
Book DescriptionIn this book, Constant Mews and Neville Chiavaroli examine a medieval text long neglected by most scholars. The Lost Love Letters of Heloise and Abelard looks at the earlier correspondence between these two famous individuals, revealing the emotions and intimate exchanges that occurred between them. The perspectives presented here are very different from the view related by Abelard in his 'History of my Calamities,' an account which provoked a much more famous exchange of letters between Heloise and Abelard after they had both entered religious life. Offering a full translation of the love letters along with a copy of the actual Latin text, Mews and Chiavaroli provide an in-depth analysis of the debate concerning the authenticity of the letters and look at the way in which the relationship between Heloise and Abelard has been perceived over the centuries. They also explore the political, literary, and religious contexts in which the two figures conducted their affair, and offer new insights into Heloise as an astonishingly gifted writer, whose literary gifts were ultimately frustrated by the course of her relationship with her teacher. The Lost Love Letters of Heloise and Abelard is an extraordinary volume that will deepen the reader's understanding of these two historical figures as it enhances one's knowledge of the Middle Ages.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780312239411
(216mm x 140mm x 25mm)
Imprint: St Martin's Press
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Publish Date: 24-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Dr Constant J. Mews
Lost Love Letters of Heloise and Abelard, Paperback (November 2008)
This new edition offers fascinating insights into one of the most celebrated love affairs of the Middle Ages. A new chapter charts the debate about the letters and offers fresh evidence to attribute them to Abelard and Heloise. The complete Latin text is reproduced with an annotated translation by Chiavaroli and Mews.
Abelard and Heloise, Paperback (January 2005)
Presents a brief introduction to the lives and thought of two of the most controversial personalities of the Middle Ages. Abelard and Heloise are familiar names. It is their "star quality," argues the author, that has prevented them from being seen clearly in the context of 12th-century thought - that task he has set himself in this book.
Listen Daughter, Hardback (February 2002)» View all books by Dr Constant J. Mews
The 12th century was a period of dramatic growth in the involvement of women in various forms of religious life. This volume examines new ways in which religious life for women was conceived by men as well as interpreted in practice by women within a society firmly patriarchal in character.
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Author Biography - Dr Constant J. Mews
CONSTANT J. MEWS teaches in the Department of History at Monash University in Australia, where he is also Director of the Centre for Studies in Religion. NEVILLE CHIAVAROLI, a classicist and Italian translator, is a doctoral student in the Department of History at Monash University.
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