Saturday, February 9, 2013

Number 10 - Hang On To Those Jewels.

Heloise and Abelard
This is a story of a monk and a nun whose love letters became world famous. Around 1100, Peter Abelard went to Paris to study at the school of Notre Dame. He gained a reputation as an outstanding philosopher. Fulbert, the canon of Notre Dame, hired Abelard to tutor his niece, Heloise. Abelard and the scholarly Heloise fell deeply in love, conceived a child, and were secretly married. But Fulbert was furious, so Abelard sent Heloise to safety in a convent. Thinking that he intended to abandon Heloise, Fulbert had his servants castrate Abelard while he slept. Abelard became a monk and devoted his life to learning. The heartbroken Heloise became a nun. Despite their separations and tribulations, Abelard and Heloise remained in love. Their poignant love letters were later published.


Tory Richards said...

How sad! See what happens when someone interferes in other people's lives? No mention of what happened to their child so I'm guessing he/she didn't live. Interesting story!


Angela Drake said...

How tragic. Meddling parents.
I had not heard this one. Might have to research further. Thanks for piquing my interest.