The Abbess Heloise is usually associated with her husband and mentor Abelard, but these fifteen specially commissioned essays assert that Heloise's writings should be judged in her own right. Focusing on `Heloise as a compelling intellectual figure and a daring writer', the contributors examine Heloise's position as a powerful monastic leader and place her career and her letters within the context of France during the first half of the 12th century. Specific subjects include the controversy surrounding the authorship of the letters, the character and temperament of Heloise that emerges from her writings, the nature of her relationship with Abelard, her philosophical and rhetorical skill, her spirituality and her place among other medieval intellectual and religious women.
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BONNIE WHEELER is Director of the Medieval Studies Program at SMU. Her books include, Feminea Medievalia and Becoming Male in the Middle Ages. She is series editor for The New Middle Ages(SMP).Review:
'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
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Descripción Macmillan, London, 2000 First Edition. Hardback. Dust Jacket., 2000. 8vo. pp xiv, 394. Original publisher's black cloth, gilt lettering at spine, dust jacket clean and tight, pages bright and clean throughout. A fine copy of this ambitious text exploring the life of Heloise- "one of history's most extraordinary women". ISBN: 0333800303 Fine. Nº de ref. de la librería C36093