Heloise & Abelard
A New Biography
By James Burge
(HarperOne, Paperback, 9780060816131, 352pp.)
Publication Date: January 5, 2006
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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New Revelations about One of the Greatest Romances in History
Peter Abelard was arguably the greatest poet, philosopher, and religious teacher in all of twelfth-century Europe. In an age when women were rarely educated, Heloise was his most gifted young student. Their private tutoring sessions inevitably turned to passion, and their moments apart were spent writing love letters. Astoundingly, a few years ago a young scholar identified 113 new love letters between the pair which, combined with the latest scholarship, present us with the richest telling yet of the couple's clandestine passion -- a story that is erotic, poignant, and at times even funny.
James Burge is a producer and director of documentaries for the BBC and the Discovery Channel. His fascination with the Middle Ages led him to make Strange Landscape, the BBC series about medieval culture, and to create a dramatization of the writings of the eccentric thirteenth-century English friar, Roger Bacon.
“This is a great tale, which Burge tells vividly and economically.”
“If ever scholarship could be called delectable, it is here in James Burge’s sympathetic and thorough account.”
-Susan Vreeland, author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue
“One of the greatest love stories of all time . . . Readers will be drawn to this vivid account.”
“A meticulous but always engaging explication of each lover’s innermost desires . . . an impressively researched account.”
“[A] fascinating, funny and thoroughly engaging study . . . a witty and finely written page-turner.”
-National Catholic Reporter
“The passion, spirit and devotion of this star-crossed couple come through on every page. Highly recommended.”
-Historical Novels Review