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Peter Abelard and Heloise
Collected Studies

ISBN 9780815362586
Published November 27, 2018 by Routledge
318 Pages

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These essays provide original reflections and new evidence for the lives and work of an outstanding medieval couple, Peter Abelard and Heloise. The main themes of the author's studies are the careers and the thought of Peter Abelard, his philosophy, theology and monastic teaching, his relationship in marriage and in religious life with Heloise and their correspondence. The essays, now brought together in a single volume, show how much is still to be learned from the presentation of new evidence and the opening of new enquiries about the lives and calamities of Peter Abelard and Heloise.

Table of Contents




1‘From Paris to the Paraclete: The Correspondence of Abelard and

Heloise'. Raleigh Lecture on History. Proceedings of the British

Academy, 74 (1988; date of publication 1989), pp.247-283. © The British

Academy. Reprinted by permission.

Peter Abelard: Philosopher

2 ‘Peter Abelard’ , A History of Twelfth-Century Western

Philosophy, ed. P. Dronke (Cambridge University Press, 1988),

pp.279-307. Paperback edition 1992. © Cambridge University Press.

Reprinted by permission.

3Nature in the Thought of Peter Abelard’, La Filosofia della Natura nel Medioevo. Atti del Terzo Congresso Internazionale di Filosofia Medioevale (Milan, Società Editrice Vita e Pensiero, 1966), pp.314-319. Reprinted by permission.

4 ‘Peter Abelard and the Arts of Language’, Media Latinitas. A collection of essays to mark the occasion of the retirement of L. J. Engels, ed. by R. I. A. Nip and others. Instrumenta Patristica 28 (Steenbrugge, Brepols Publishers, Turnhout, Belgium, 1996), pp.101-116. Reprinted by permission.

5Scientia and disciplina in the correspondence of Peter Abelard and Heloise’, ‘Scientia’ und ‘disciplina’. Wissenstheorie und Wissenschaftpraxis im 12. und 13. Jahrhundert, ed. R. Berndt, M. Lutz-Bachmann and R. M. W. Stammberger. Erudiri Sapientia 3 (Berlin, Walter de Gruyter, 2002), pp. 79-89. Reprinted by permission.

6 ‘The Sense of Innovation in the Writings of Peter Abelard’, Tradition,

Innovation, Invention. Fortschrittsverweigerung und

Fortschrittsbewusstein im Mittelalter, ed. Hans-Joachim Schmidt.

Scrinium Friburgense. Veröffentlichungen des Mediaevistischen

Instituts der Universität Freiburg Schweiz 18 (Berlin, Walter de

Gruyter, 2005), pp. 181-194. Reprinted by permission.

7 ‘Peter Abelard and the Poets’, Poetry and Philosophy in the Middle

Ages. A Festschrift for Peter Dronke, ed. John Marenbon.

Mittellateinische Studien und Texte, ed. P. G. Schmidt, 29 (Leiden, Brill,

2001), pp. 155-171. Reprinted by permission.

Peter Abelard: Theologian

8 ‘The School of Peter Abelard Revisited’, Vivarium XXX, I (Leiden,

Brill, May 1992), pp.127-138. Reprinted by permission.

9 ‘The Bible in the Work of Peter Abelard and his "School"’, Neue Richtungen in der hoch - und spätmittelalterlichen Bibelexegese, ed. Robert E. Lerner. Schriften des Historischen Kollegs, Kolloquien 32 (Munich, Walter de Gruyter, 1996), pp.79-93. Reprinted by permission.

10 ‘Peter Abelard and the Creation of the World’, Hombre y Naturaleza en el Pensiamento Medieval. Congreso Internacional de Filosofia Medieval – 70 LatinoAmericano. San Antonio de Padua, Buenos Aires 12-15 de octubre de 1999. Nuevo Mundo 1 (2000), pp. 81-93. Reprinted by permission.

11 ‘Peter Abelard's Carnal Thoughts’, Medieval Theology and the Natural

Body, ed. Peter Biller and A. J. Minnis, York Studies in Medieval

Theology (University of York, York Medieval Press 1997), pp. 31-41.

Reprinted by permission of Boydell & Brewer Ltd.

12 ‘St. Anselm and Abelard: A Restatement’, Saint Anselm - A Thinker for

Yesterday and Today. Anselm’s Thought Viewed by Our

Contemporaries. Proceedings of the International Anselm

Conference, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, Paris, ed.

C. Viola and F. Van Fleteren. Texts and Studies in Religion 90

(Lewiston, The Edwin Mellen Press, 2002), pp. 445-460. Reprinted

by permission.

13 (With Charles Burnett), ‘A New Student for Peter Abelard. The

Marginalia in British Library Ms Cotton Faustina A. X’, Itinéraires

de la raison. Études de philosophie médiévale offertes à Maria

Candida Pacheco, ed. J. F. Meirinhos. Fédération Internationale

des Instituts d’Études Médiévales. Textes et Études du Moyen Âge 32

(Louvain-la-Neuve, Brepols Publishers, Turnhout, Belgium, 2005),

pp. 163-186. Reprinted by permission of C. Burnett and Brepols


14 ‘Berengar, Defender of Peter Abelard’, Recherches de théologie

ancienne et médiévale 33 (Abbaye du Mont César, Louvain,1966), pp.

319-337. Reprinted by permission of Peeters Publishers, Leuven, Belgium.

Peter Abelard and Heloise

15 ‘The Letters of Heloise and Abelard since Cluny, 1972’, Petrus

Abaelardus (1079-1142). Person, Werk und Wirkung, ed. R.

Thomas in association with J. Jolivet, D. E. Luscombe and L. M.

De Rijk. Trierer Theologische Studien 38 (Trier, Paulinus Verlag,

1980), pp.19-29. Reprinted by permission.

16 Peter Abelard and the Abbey of the Paraclete.

(For an earlier French version of this essay see ‘Pierre Abélard et l’abbaye du Paraclet’, Pierre Abélard. Colloque international de Nantes, ed. J. Jolivet and H. Habrias. Collection "Histoire" (Rennes, 2003), pp. 215-229).

17 ‘Excerpts from the Letter Collection of Heloise and Abelard in

Notre Dame (Indiana) MS 30’, Pascua Mediaevalia. Studies

voor Prof. Dr. J. M. De Smet. Mediaevalia Lovaniensia, Series

1/Studies X (Universitaire Pers Leuven, 1983), pp.529-544.

Reprinted by permission.

Peter Abelard: Monk

18 Peter Abelard and Monasticism.

(For an earlier French version of this essay see ‘Pierre Abélard et le

monachisme’, Pierre Abélard - Pierre le Vénérable. Centre national

de la recherche scientifique (1975), pp. 271-278).

19 ‘Monasticism in the Lives and Writings of Heloise and Abelard’,

Monastic Studies. The Continuity of Tradition II, ed. J. Loades.

Headstart History (Bangor, 1991), pp.1-11. Reprinted by permission.

20 Supplementary Notes



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David Luscombe is Emeritus Professor of Medieval History in the University of Sheffield and a Fellow of the British Academy.