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Accusations of Heresy

Constant J. Mews

in Abelard and Heloise

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780195156881
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835423 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195156889.003.0012

Series: Great Medieval Thinkers

 Accusations of Heresy

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Accusations of heresy. This chapter considers accusations of heresy made against Abelard by William of St Thierry and Bernard of Clairvaux in 1140/41. It considers how Abelard sought to respond to accusations that he was imprecise in his arguments by refining the text of the Theologia ‘Scholarium’. He felt that these accusations were based on an inaccurate understanding of his arguments. It examines the opinions of Abelard’s contemporaries and the polarized political circumstances that led up to the confrontation between Bernard and Abelard at the Council of Sens in 1141.

Keywords: Abelard; Bernard of Clairvaux; accusations; heresy; Council of Sens

Chapter.  11203 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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