The letter collection of Peter Abelard and Heloise
- edited with a revised translation by David Luscombe ; after the translation by Betty Radice.
- English, Latin. Letters in Latin with parallel English translation.
- First edition.
- Oxford : Clarendon Press, 2013.
- Physical description
- cxxxiv, 654 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
- Oxford medieval texts.
- HISTORY-214C-01 -- Renaissances: Living, Learning, and Loving around the
- Bacich, Christopher George
At the library
- Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
- History And Legend
- The Letter Collection
- Other Letters
- Other Letters Relating to the Oratory of the Paraclete
- Authorship and Authenticity of the Letter Collection
- Style and Structure
- Epistulae Duorum Amantium
- The Development of the Oratory of the Paraclete
- HISTORY OF THE TEXT
- The Surviving Manuscripts
- Lost or Uncertainly Identified Manuscripts and other Testimonies to the Letter Collection Prior to the First Printed Edition
- Rejected Manuscripts
- Summary List of Surviving and Lost or Uncertainly Identified Manuscripts in Approximate Chronological Order and of their Provenance or Earliest Known Possessors
- Printed Editions of the Letter Collection: Before 1800
- Printed Editions from 1800 of the Letter Collection which use one or more Manuscripts, both Latin and French
- THE PRESENT EDITION
- Relationships between the Manuscripts
- The Edition
- The Translation
- Sigla of the Manuscripts
- Summary of Manuscript Witnesses to each of the Letters and of their Extents
- LETTER 1
- LETTER 2
- LETTER 3
- LETTER 4
- LETTER 5
- LETTER 6
- LETTER 7
- LETTER 8
- THE RULE
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The collected letters of Peter Abelard and Heloise provide an extraordinarily vivid account of one of the most celebrated love affairs in the western world. It was an affair that developed into a vigorous quarrel and raised fundamental questions about love, marriage, and religious life, and also provided a uniquely valuable illustration of the intellectual and religious ferment that is called the Renaissance of the twelfth century. Abelard was the leading philosopher of his time and a very public figure in France, as well as being a fiercely attacked theologian and unpopular abbot. Heloise, his brilliant pupil, lover, and wife, also became a nun and abbess, much against her will. She provoked this brilliantly written correspondence which is widely regarded as one of the finest literary compositions of the twelfth century. These letters have for many centuries given enjoyment to their readers and have inspired numerous creative imitations. They have also given rise to huge disagreements over their historical content and significance. The collection opens with an autobiography which contains the story of the calamities that followed Abelard's successes - his castration, his condemnation for heresy, and the unhappiness of the couple's separation. Heloise's letters show an exceptional outpouring of grief and bitter recrimination. Yet the correspondence closes with thoroughly serious, scholarly, and original enquiries into the origins and development of pagan, Jewish, and Christian ideals of religious life both male and female. It constitutes a fundamental source for discussion and debate about important features of thought and religion in the Middle Ages. A new critical edition based on all the manuscripts has long been needed. Its appearance here with a facing English translation, a full introduction, extensive annotation taking into account recent scholarship, and detailed indexes will enable all kinds of readers to enjoy the letters and to join the debates which they always stir.
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- Publication date
- Oxford medieval texts
- 0198222483 (hd.bd.)
- 9780198222484 (hd.bd.)
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