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The lost love letters of Heloise and Abelard : perceptions of dialogue in twelfth-century France / Constant J. Mews ; with a translation by Neville Chiavaroli and Constant J. Mews
Bib ID 4832689
Format BookBook
Author
Mews, C. J
 
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Description New York : Palgrave, c1999 
xvii, 378 p. ; 22 cm. 
ISBN 9780312216047
0312216041
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New Middle Ages (Palgrave (Firm))

Summary

Mews provides an indepth analysis of the debate concerning the authenticity of the letters and looks at the way in which the relationship between Heloise and Abelard has been perceived over the centuries. He explores the political, literary, and religious contexts in which the two figures conducted their affair, and offers new insights into Heloise as an astonishingly gifted writer whose literary gifts were only revealed in the course of her relationship with her teacher. The complete Latin text of the love letters as edited by Konsgen is reproduced in the volume, along with an annotated translation by Neville Chiavaroli and Constant J Mews.

"In this book, Constant Mews examines a collection of Latin love letters preserved in a fifteenth-century manuscript of Clairvaux, edited by Ewald Konsgen in 1974 under the title The Letters of Two Lovers. He argues that it records 113 love letters exchanged by Heloise and Abelard at the time of their love affair. Mews provides an indepth analysis of the debate concerning the authenticity of the letters and looks at the way in which the relationship between Heloise and Abelard has been perceived over the centuries. He explores the political, literary, and religious contexts in which the two figures conducted their affair, and offers new insights into Heloise as an astonishingly gifted writer whose literary gifts were only revealed in the course of her relationship with her teacher. The complete Latin text of the love letters as edited by Konsgen is reproduced in the volume, along with an annotated translation by Neville Chiavaroli and Constant J. Mews."--BOOK JACKET of St. Martin's Press edition.

Full contents
  • The discovery of a manuscript
  • Memories of an affair
  • Paris, the schools, and the politics of sex
  • Traditions of dialogue
  • The language of the love letters
  • The voice of Heloise
  • The edition
  • Ex epistolis duorum amantium (From the letters of two lovers).
 
Notes

Contains collective biographical information.

First published by St. Martin's Press in 1999.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [291]-368) and index.

English commentaries and Latin texts with English translations.

Subjects Abelard, Peter, 1079-1142 -- Correspondence.  |  Héloïse, 1101-1164 -- Correspondence.  |  Abelard, Peter, 1079-1142 -- Correspondence -- Translations into English.  |  Latin letters, Medieval and modern -- France -- History and criticism.  |  Latin letters, Medieval and modern -- France -- Translations into English.  |  Abbesses, Christian -- France -- Correspondence.  |  Letter writing, Latin -- History -- To 1500.  |  Love-letters -- History.  |  Theologians -- France -- Correspondence.  |  Letter writing -- History -- To 1500.  |  Love-letters.  |  France -- Civilization -- 1000-1328.
Other authors/contributors Chiavaroli, Neville

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