Abelard and Heloise

Sara McDougall, John Jay College and the CUNY Graduate Center

This video introduces letters to and from Heloise, a 12th-century abbess in France, discussing, among other matters, her efforts to get her son a better job.

 

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Source

A translated version of the letter can be found here. See also the Epistolae website for the text of the original letter.

Further Reading

Griffiths, Fiona J. “‘Men’s Duty to Provide for Women’s Needs’: Abelard, Heloise, and Their Negotiation of the Cura Monialium.” Journal of Medieval History, vol. 30, no. 1, Mar.
2004, pp. 1–24.

Luscombe, David and Betty Radice eds. and trans. The Letter Collection of Peter Abelard and Heloise. First edition, Clarendon Press, 2013.

McNamer, Elizabeth Mary. The Education of Heloise: Methods, Content, and Purpose of Learning in the Twelfth Century. E. Mellen Press, 1991.

Mews, C. J., and Neville Chiavaroli. The Lost Love Letters of Heloise and Abelard: Perceptions of Dialogue in Twelfth-Century France. 1st ed, St. Martin’s Press, 1999.

Morton, Vera and Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, trans. Guidance for Women in Twelfth-Century Convents, Boydell & Brewer, 2003.

Seale, Yvonne, “Teaching Abélard and Héloïse,” Making Women Matter, One Medieval Manuscript at a Time, November 25, 2018, https://yvonneseale.org/blog/2018/11/25/teaching-abelard-and-heloise/


Podcast

Abelard and Heloise, by Melvyn Bragg

Cite 

McDougall, Sara. “Abelard and Heloise” Middle Ages for Educators, April 1, 2020. Accessed [date], http://middleagesforeducators.com/videos/abelard-and-heloise/