The Marriage of Heloise and Abelard<sup>1</sup>

Christopher N. L. Brooke

in The Medieval Idea of Marriage

Published in print June 1994 | ISBN: 9780198205043
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676468 | DOI:

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The Marriage of Heloise and Abelard1

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This chapter focuses on the lives and the relationship of Heloise and Abelard. The chapter begins with Heloise, her unusual intellect and literacy for a woman of her time, her tutelage under Abelard, her marriage to Abelard, and her entry to the monastery. The chapter also discusses the plight of Abelard and Heloise's love and marriage as shown in their letters and correspondences. In these letters, their difficulty in coping with their love affair, their illegal yet valid marriage, and their sense of spirituality are disclosed. Apart from focusing on their love and marriage, the chapter also tackles their religious life which followed after their marriage. Based on evidence from their letters, they found the true path to holier life through their lives and marriage.

Keywords: Heloise; Abelard; love; marriage; religious life; letters

Chapter.  5676 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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