Peter Abelard’s autobiography, the Historia calamitatum, is one of the best-known medieval texts, especially because of the story of his love for Heloise which it. The “Historia Calamitatum” was written while AbĂ©lard was still abbot of the monastery of St. Gildas, in Brittany. The terrors of his existence there are fully dwelt on. The Historia Calamitatum, although in the literary form of a letter, is a sort of autobiography, with distinct echoes of Augustine’s Confessions. It is one of the most.

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Great text from an important medieval philosopher and teacher. The introduction to this text provides essential background material for gaining a better appreciation for Peter Abelard’s life, as well as understanding Europe as it was waking up from the Dark Ages. A short text that is easy to read. I find the middle ages to be the most fascinating time period. Full of contradictions, society seemed to be barbaric and pious at the same time.

Abelard is a man of similar contradictions. While he is extremely arrogant, he also has deep remorse for his mistakes and shows genuine concern for the fate of his love, Heloise. You think your teachers were crabby, check this guy out. The hit of my medieval Latin class. And so goes the story of Abelard and Heloise: Living within the precincts of Notre-Dame, under the care of her uncle, the canon Fulbert, was a girl named Heloise, of noble birth, and born about She is said to have been beautiful, but still more remarkable for her knowledge, which extended beyond Latin, it is said, to Greek and Hebrew.

Becoming tutor to the girl, he used his power for the purpose of seduction, and she returned hiistoria devotion.

Historia Calamitatum by Peter Abelard

Soon everyone knew except the trusting Fulbert. When he found out, they were separated, only to meet in secret. Heloise became pregnant, and was carried off by her lover to Brittany, where she gave birth to a son. She appealed to him not to sacrifice for her the independence of his life, but reluctantly gave in to pressure.

Immediately Fulbert, believing that her husband, who had helped her run away, wanted to be rid of her, plotted revenge.


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The priesthood and ecclesiastical office were canonically closed to him. Sometimes men just get what they deserve!

A fascinating autobiography that at turns is arrogant and at other historis. A great read for any student of medieval history! One person found this helpful. See all 7 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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