Originally published in 1970, Peter Abelard provides an exploration into the social and religious background to the story of Abelard and Heloise.
The book presents the twelfth century as an age of renaissance, which saw the revival of Greek philosophy and Roman law, a renaissance just as important as that which was to come three centuries later. Through an examination of the life of Peter Abelard, the book offers an insight into this age of enlightenment in which dialects flourished and religious thought began to break away from the bonds of traditionalism.
Peter Abelard will appeal to those with an interest in religious and social history, medieval history, and the story of Abelard and Heloise.
Table of Contents
1: The Twelfth Century Renaissance; 2: The Young Dialectician; 3: Heloise; 4: Disputes and Disappointments; 5: Abelard’s Thought; 6: Bernard of Clairvaux; 7: The Attack; 8: The Encounter at Sens; 9: Epilogue
Grane Leif was Professor of Church History at the University of Copenhagen.