Michael Clancy introduces the reader to medieval life through the experience of Peter Abelard, the master of the Paris school whose career included seducing Heloise (his student), and being castrated, accused of treason, condemned as a heretic (twice) as well as writing his memoirs, 'his story of calamities.' This, the first biography of Abelard for over 30 years, combines the most recent international research with a re-reading of the sources line by line. Original in interpretation, trenchant in judgement and written with pace and wit, Abelard: A Medieval Life is likely to become the standard work on it's subject.
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