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The Letters of Abélard and Héloïse by Héloïse d'Argenteuil
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Jan 02, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: medieval

I hate Abelard, all his self-congratualtory narcissistic bemoaning of his persecution, his admission that he beat and raped Heloise, his vastly younger pupil, until she slept with him willingly, his intellectual arrogance, his cruelty and refusal to take responsibility for his own words or actions.

Also the fact that he himself published Heloise's letters makes the version we have highly suspect. But...still, what those letters reveal is a style of writing in Latin superior to Abelard's own, and a mind of such intensity and acumen and passion that it overshadowed his. For that glimpse of Heloise, ya gotta thank this asshole.
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