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Created by Ronald Hilton on 02/14/00 3:12 PM

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A Sad Story (Ronald Hilton, USA, 02/14/00 3:12 pm)

John Gehl publishes NewsScan Daily, which features an Honorary Subscriber series, and he always comes up roses, as today:
     Today's Honorary Subscribers are the famed medieval lovers, Héloïse and Abelard. Peter Abelard (1079-1142) was a French scholastic philosopher and perhaps the greatest logician of the twelfth century. Appointed as a lecturer in the cathedral school of Notre Dame in Paris, he became tutor to Héloïse, the brilliant 17-year-old niece of the canon Fulbert. They fell passionately in love and began an affair, which infuriated her uncle who felt Abelard had taken advantage of Héloïse's youth and betrayed the trust accorded him as a cleric and tutor. The lovers fled to Brittany, where they were secretly married and Héloïse gave birth to a son, whom they named Astrolabe.
     Upon the couple's return to Paris, Héloïse's relatives took their revenge on Abelard by castrating him. Publicly disgraced, Abelard fled in shame to the abbey of St Denis to become a monk, and Héloïse took the veil in the convent at Argenteuil as a nun.
     Abelard continued to devote his vast energies to theological studies and writing, which included an extended exchange of letters with Héloïse.

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