'In every respect, Listening to Heloise calls attention to all that must be heard and seen.' - Speculum
'...the contributors to this volume have taken the discussion of the famous correspondence to a new level...' - Mediaevistik
'A collection of essays dedicated (to quote Bonnie Wheeler's foreword) exclusively to Heloise...cannot but be welcomed.' - Henrietta Leyser, Times Literary Supplement
Heloise, the twelfth-century French abbess and reformer, emerges from this book as one of history's most extraordinary women, a thinker-writer of profound insight and skill. Her supple and learned mind attracted the most radical philosopher of her time, Peter Abelard. He became her teacher, lover, husband, and finally monastic ally. That relationship has made her fame until now. But Heloise is far more important in her own right. Seventeen experts of international standing collaborate here to reveal and analyze how Heloise's daring achievements shaped normative issues of theology, rhetoric, rational argument, gender, and emotional authenticity. At last we are able to see her for herself, in her moment of history and human awareness.
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