Abelard and Heloise
-he would write songs- he was known for his songs when he started out.
-he would write them in an attempt to pick up a girl
-wrote lyrics that are formal, attractive.
-he would think that life is so fulfilling now, not later.
-Abelard was in the church system. The way he described things was controversial.
-Because he was smart, he went into the church system. All smart people ended up in the church!
[Philosophy Theology Church]
- Age difference between them is 21 years. Heloise was 16, maybe younger when they got
Letter 1: Abelard’s letter to a friend regarding this affair:
-How it Happened:
-Abelard decides he wants a woman. Not to marry, but just to have one.
-He picked Heloise because her character made him a “man”
-He becomes her tutor, on the deal that he gets to live in her house and look after all of her affairs- even
corporal punishment, if necessary.
-they quickly become lovers because of who she was- attractive soul and mind.
-eventually they’re discovered. He’s thrown out of the house. They meet in secret again (outside of the
-They’re discovered again! Heloise gets pregnant. They’re very happy, but it’s a problem.
-The relation they had with one another lasted 2 years. They ended up with a son.
- Their love for each other is intense, brief, and controversial, sex involved, and is quality.
- Quality was in who they were and what being together caused in both of them!
-He takes her to his family residence outside Paris where she gives birth to their son
-Abelard apologizes to her Uncle, offers to marry her on condition that it’s kept a secret because of his
reputation. Uncle agrees to it.
-Rumours of their marriage start to circulate. He arranges for Heloise to leave the city again.
-Abelard gets castrated! He then decided to go into the church and become a monk.
-He insisted that Heloise join religious orders as well- become a nun!
-They both become devoted to the church. Essentially, they marry Christ. -Heloise isn’t happy in the church. Her love for Abelard is the highest love for her, even higher than the
-Basically, once they’ve become a part of the church, they don’t see/speak to each other again
Letter 2: Personal Letters-Heloise to Abelard
-Heloise reads hi