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The New Middle Ages

The Letters of Heloise and Abelard

A Translation of Their Collected Correspondence and Related Writings

Editors: McLaughlin, M., Wheeler, B. (Eds.)

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The letters of Heloise and Abelard will remain one of the great, romantic and intellectual documents of human civilization while they, themselves, are probably second only to Romeo and Juliet in the fame accrued by tragic lovers. Here for the first time in Mart Martin McLaughlin's edition is the complete correspendence with commentary.

About the authors

Bonnie Wheeler teaches at Southern Methodist University, USA where she directs the Medieval Studies Program. She has edited and co-edited fourteen books, among them "Heloise and the Paraclete" (with Mary Martin McLaughlin). She is the series editor for "The New Middle Ages," the executive editor of "Arthuriana" and President of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

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"Heloise and Abelard have been extraordinarily well served by this latest translation of their celebrated correspondence. Every aspect of the book is exemplary, from its comprehensive and unobtrusive annotations, to its enthralling introduction. But the greatest strength of the book is perhaps to undo a lot of the posthumous myth-making surrounding the couple, as its brisk and supple translation allows them to speak openly in their own terms. Thus Heloise clearly emerges with all her fierce passion and fiercer intelligence, while Abelard presents a personality as contradictory as his philosophy, being by turns nostalgic and repentant, combative and humble, caustic and self-pitying. Nonetheless the edition does not restrict itself to these voices alone, but expands their dialogue into a full-blown symposium, including a generous selection of related letters by both hostile and sympathetic parties, such as Peter the Venerable and Bernard of Clairvaux. In sum, this edition is an astonishing scholarly achievement, and will no doubt stand as the authoritative edition for some decades to come." - Ben Parsons, Teaching Fellow in English, University of Leicester, UK


Table of contents (24 chapters)

  • Introduction

    McLaughlin, Mary Martin (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

  • Abelard’s Letter of Consolation to a Friend: A Story of Calamities

    McLaughlin, Mary Martin (et al.)

    Pages 17-49

  • Heloise to Abelard

    McLaughlin, Mary Martin (et al.)

    Pages 51-56

  • Abelard to Heloise

    McLaughlin, Mary Martin (et al.)

    Pages 57-61

  • Heloise to Abelard

    McLaughlin, Mary Martin (et al.)

    Pages 63-69

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Letters of Heloise and Abelard
Book Subtitle
A Translation of Their Collected Correspondence and Related Writings
Editors
  • M. McLaughlin
  • B. Wheeler
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-10187-6
DOI
10.1057/9780230101876
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-312-22935-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-41364-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 366
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