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Listening to Heloise

The Voice of a Twelfth-Century Woman

  • Editors
  • Bonnie Wheeler

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Mary Martin McLaughlin
    Pages 1-17
  3. John Marenbon
    Pages 19-33
  4. Katharina Wilson, Glenda McLeod
    Pages 121-142
  5. Phyllis R. Brown, John C. Peiffer II
    Pages 143-160
  6. Brian Patrick McGuire
    Pages 303-321
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 361-394

About this book

Introduction

Heloise, the twelfth-century French abbess and reformer, emerges from this book as one of history's most extraordinary women, a thinker-writer of profound insight and skill. Her supple and learned mind attracted the most radical philosopher of her time, Peter Abelard. He became her teacher, lover, husband, and finally monastic ally. That relationship has made her fame until now. But Heloise is far more important in her own right. Seventeen experts of international standing collaborate here to reveal and analyze how Heloise's daring achievements shaped normative issues of theology, rhetoric, rational argument, gender, and emotional authenticity. At last we are able to see her for herself, in her moment of history and human awareness.

Keywords

authenticity awareness emotion Expansion French gender history mind philosophy rhetoric theology women

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