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Abelard and Heloise$
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Constant J. Mews

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195156881

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195156889.001.0001

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Images of Abelard and Heloise

Images of Abelard and Heloise

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(p.7) 1 Images of Abelard and Heloise
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Abelard and Heloise
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DOI:10.1093/0195156889.003.0002

Images of Abelard and Heloise. This chapter discusses images of Abelard and Heloise from the 12th to the 20th centuries. It observes how the controversial character of their relationship, as well as accusations of heresy made by St. Bernard have created stereotyped images of Abelard and Heloise as rebels against authority and the religious life that do not do full justice to their intellectual achievement. They were not lovers, but thinkers.

Keywords:   Abelard, Heloise, authority, heresy, religious life, lovers

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