The Lost Love Letters of Heloise and Abelard: Perceptions of Dialogue in Twelfth-Century France

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November 2008



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.


The Discovery of a Manuscript
Memories of an Affair
Paris, the Schools and the Politics of Sex
Traditions of Dialogue
The Language of the Love Letters
The Voice of Heloise
From the Letters of Two Lovers (text and translation)


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

EAN: 9780230608139
ISBN: 0230608132
Untertitel: Perceptions of Dialogue in Twelfth-Century France. 'New Middle Ages'. Revised, Update. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2008
Seitenanzahl: 421 Seiten
Übersetzer/Sprecher: Übersetzt von Constant Mew
Format: kartoniert
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