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The Medieval Idea of Marriage$
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Christopher N. L. Brooke

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205043

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205043.001.0001

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The Marriage of Heloise and Abelard 1

The Marriage of Heloise and Abelard 1

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(p.103) 5 The Marriage of Heloise and Abelard1
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The Medieval Idea of Marriage
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Christopher N. L. Brooke

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205043.003.0005

This chapter focuses on the lives and the relationship of Heloise and Abelard. The chapter begins with Heloise, her unusual intellect and literacy for a woman of her time, her tutelage under Abelard, her marriage to Abelard, and her entry to the monastery. The chapter also discusses the plight of Abelard and Heloise's love and marriage as shown in their letters and correspondences. In these letters, their difficulty in coping with their love affair, their illegal yet valid marriage, and their sense of spirituality are disclosed. Apart from focusing on their love and marriage, the chapter also tackles their religious life which followed after their marriage. Based on evidence from their letters, they found the true path to holier life through their lives and marriage.

Keywords:   Heloise, Abelard, love, marriage, religious life, letters

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