The New Middle Ages

The Lost Love Letters of Heloise and Abelard

Perceptions of Dialogue in Twelfth-Century France

Authors: Mews, Constant J.

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This new edition offers fascinating insights into one of the most celebrated love affairs of the Middle Ages. A new chapter charts the debate about the letters and offers fresh evidence to attribute them to Abelard and Heloise. The complete Latin text is reproduced with an annotated translation by Chiavaroli and Mews.

About the authors

CONSTANT MEWS is Professor, School of Historical Studies and Director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Theology, Monash University, Australia.
NEVILLE CHIAVAROLI is a latinist and professional translator, University of Melbourne, Australia



Reviews of the first edition:

'This book stands as a treasure trove of new information about Heloise, and Abelard too. . . This excellent edition allows us modern readers to interpret these medieval Latin letters for ourselves, and even to reconstruct the correspondence of Abelard and Heloise.' - Michael Clanchy in The Times Literary Supplement

'A thorough, sympathetic appraisal of the [letters] . . . By restoring this magnificent literary dialogue to its rightful place in Latin letters, Mews has performed a signal service not only for scholars of Abelard and Heloise, but for all who love literature.' -The Medieval Review

'Important for Medievalists, feminists, and those captivated by the Heloise and Abelard myth; highly recommended.' - Library Journal

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Lost Love Letters of Heloise and Abelard
Book Subtitle
Perceptions of Dialogue in Twelfth-Century France
Translated by
Mew, C.
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
Softcover ISBN
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Number of Pages
XXI, 421