Saturday, March 23, 2013

Heloise, Abelard, and the Paraclete

A new light on an old mystery.
It was an astonishing achievement – a spiritual, intellectual, educational and administrative success – and it was Heloise who had made it so. Yet she denied doing this for the glory of God. No, to her last recorded pronouncement she declared that she did all for the love of Peter Abelard, the controversial scholar who had seduced her, got her with child, married her and then, sinking under the horror of the vengeance exacted on him by her kinsfolk, ordered her to become a Religious like himself. (Read entire post.)

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