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.


2 comments:

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!

Tory

Angela Drake said...

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