|Heloise & Abelard|
Abelard was a brilliant philosopher. Heloise
was his student, 15 years his junior, already famous for her learning, a
woman with a uniquely powerful insight into her own feelings. They fell in
love in Paris in the year 1115.
“What comes through to us in this enthusiastically researched account is not an iconic representation of human love but a breath of individual striving, dissent and sexuality to which we can respond today ... a substantial achievement .” (Times Literary Supplement)
“He retells this love story in a vigorous style which reads as easily as a novel ... an enjoyable introduction to one of the most dramatic of all medieval stories” (The Tablet)
book achieves that ideal of contemporary popular history, making the past
seem pertinent whilst revelling in its differences.
.... Burge is excellent at empathy. He keeps you alive to the agony
of Abelard ... [and] makes a moving, likeable document of an extraordinary
love.” (Scotland on Sunday)
“Burge’s account is straightforward, lucid, detailed and sympathetic ... brings considerable historical acumen to the task of placing the story in its context” (Literary Review)
“Intelligent, clearly written ... lucid and perceptive” (Independent) “James Burge opens up this tale with sympathy and directness … beautifully explained” (Daily Mail) “The two lovers are as vivid as one could wish” … “Burge reminds us that for Abelard and Heloise the world was as new, risky and unpredictable as ours” (Sunday Times) “Theirs is a great story” (Spectator)