The Love Letters of Heloise and AbelardLetters_of_Abelard_and_Heloise.pdf
The tragic romance of two prominent citizens of the 12th century. Abelard and Heloise were both of high birth, but he was eighteen years her senior and tutoring her in philosophy. His views were already controversial and he had been reprimanded by the church before and forced to burn his writings. His seduction of her lead to her giving birth to a son, Astrolabe, out of wedlock. He tried to secretly marry Heloise, but her uncle, a church official, was furious about the sinful affair. Shortly thereafter, Abelard was attacked and castrated. He became a monk and Heloise an abbess. It was during the next 23 years that they would passionately write one another about their love and philosophy, sins and regrets.
‘Heloise and Abelard’ is one of history’s most passionate and romantic true love stories. The nine hundred year old love affair of the 12th century philosopher and theologian and his student Heloise continues to inspire and move us. Their passionate relationship scandalized the community in which they lived. The details of their physical and spiritual intimacy is also a cautionary tale for our time."