Abelard and Heloise – The Love Letters details one of the worlds most celebrated and tragic love affairs.
Through their letters we follow the path of their 12th-century romance, from its ecstatic beginnings when Heloise became Abelard’s pupil, through the suffering of public scandal and enforced secret marriage, to their heartbreaking separation after hired thugs attacked Abelard in his sleep and ‘cut off the parts of [his] body whereby [he] had committed the wrong’.
Six hundred years later, Josephine Bonaparte, was so moved by their story, that she ordered that the remains of Abelard and Heloise be entombed together at Pére Lachaise cemetery in Paris.
To this day, lovers from all over the world visit the tomb where the remains of Heloise and Abelard rest eternally together.
Peter Abélard (1079–1142) was celebrated as perhaps the greatest logician of the twelfth century. He taught in Paris, where Heloise was his pupil when they met.
Héloïse d’Argenteuil (1101-1164) was a writer, scholar, and abbess, best known for her love affair and correspondence with Peter Abélard.