The Lost Love Letters of Heloise and Abelard

The Lost Love Letters of Heloise and Abelard

Perceptions of Dialogue in Twelfth-century France

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McMillan Palgrave
The Lost 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.

In this book, Constant Mews and Neville Chiavaroli examine a medieval text long neglected by most scholars. The Lost 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.


Book News
Examines a collection of Latin love letters preserved in a 15th-century manuscript of Clairvaux, edited by Ewald K÷nsgen in 1974 under the title The Letters of Two Lovers . Argues that this collection records 113 love letters exchanged by Heloise and Abelard at the time of their love affair. Provides an in-depth analysis of the debate concerning the authenticity of the letters, and looks at how the relationship between Heloise and Abelard has been perceived over the centuries. The complete Latin text as edited by K÷nsgen is presented side-by-side with an annotated translation. The author teaches in the school of historical and gender studies at Monash University, Australia, where he is also director of the Center for Studies in Religion and Theology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Springer Publishing
In 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.

Holtzbrinck
The Lost 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.


Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312216047
0312216041
Branch Call Number: 189.4 MEW
Characteristics: xvii, 378 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Chiavaroli, Nevilleq

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