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Description - The Repentant Abelard by Juanita Feros Ruys

Abelard was one of the greatest thinkers of the 12th century, a man of towering brilliance and arrogance, but his poetic works written late in life for his wife Heloise and son Astrolabe reveal a different and more humble man. In the "Planctus" (six laments in the voices of Old Testament figures) and "Carmen ad Astralabium" (a poem of paternal advice) we see a man newly coming to terms with the life around him, expressing a simple but heartfelt piety, raging against social injustices and the exploitation of the poor, and re-evaluating the importance of rhetoric and education. Most significantly, we find a man struggling to comprehend, through poems written to the wife and child he abandoned, the divine mysteries of love, relationships and family.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780312240028
ISBN-10: 0312240023
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 155mm x mm)
Pages: 355
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Publish Date: 4-Dec-2014
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Juanita Feros Ruys

JUANITA FEROS RUYS is a postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of History at the University of Sydney. She recently completed a PhD dissertation on twentieth-century readings of Heloise and has published papers on the rhetorical strategies of in the writings of Heloise. - JOHN O. WARD is Professor in the Department of History, University of Sydney.