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Abelard: A Medieval Life

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  27 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Michael Clanchy introduces the reader to medieval life through the experience of Peter Abelard, the master of the Paris schools.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 4th 1999 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published 1997)
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Jan 13, 2015 Ann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography, history
Clanchy presents a fullness to Abelard balancing the known sources with scholarly assessment. His book is well written, accessible, and well founded in an insightful explication of the times, politcs of the church and France, and the uneasy exchange between ecclesiastical and philosophical apporaches to truth. I highly recommend the book for those inerested in Abelard, medieval history, diatribe, church history, and the interaction of theology and philosophy. Much insight can be gained from a st ...more
David A-S
Jan 15, 2016 David A-S rated it liked it
The title really speaks to Clanchy's goals. He does center the work on Abelard, but he also spends much time putting him in context. It is an interesting read, though if you are hoping to read much about Abelard and Heloise and/or their writings, then this isn't the best choice.
Jenny Nielsen
Jan 14, 2015 Jenny Nielsen rated it really liked it
Has details other biographies miss, but also requires padding in a few areas. Best discussion of Abelard as a Goliard -- not the best discussion of Abelard as a lover. Supplement with Constant Mews, James Burge, and Levitan's translation of the letters for a full picture.
Mandy Hager
Jul 23, 2014 Mandy Hager rated it really liked it
Very useful source book for research, although I found some of Clancy's attitudes towards Héloise and women in general rather off-putting.
Apr 13, 2012 Sherry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Halfway through and it is very informative and easy to read -- a great resource for anyone wanting to know and understand the famous 12th century philosopher and lover.
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