The Letters of Abelard and Heloise Background

The Letters of Abelard and Heloise Background

The Letters of Abelard and Heloise are s series of letters written in Latin in the twelve century and published in Paris in 1616. From then, the letters speed all over Europe and many translated them anonymously into various languages. The letters tell the love story between a learned man and a young woman.

The man was named Abelard, a scholar and a man of the church who falls i love with his student, the beautiful nineteen year old Heloise. Because marring her would mean that he will no longer be able to advance in the church, they continue to see one another in secret. Things change however when Heloise remains pregnant and gives birth to a child. Abelard proposes to her and asks her to marry him in secret by she refuse.

When Heloise’s uncle and father find about the affair and about the child, they mutilate Abelard. Ashamed, he decides to become a monk while Heloise is forced to become a nun. The two lovers are sent away and years later, Heloise receives a letter from Abelard. The letters contain their conversation while being away and it reveals the feeling both still had for one another.

Abelard and Heloise remained in history for their love story and are famous for not giving up on their feelings even though they were apart.

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