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Héloïse was a woman of high intellectual ability who strove by several different means to reach beyond what twelfth-century convention allowed her. The texts of some letters addressed to her one-time lover on the topic of the conventual life for women, as well as at least one which warmly recalls their former love, have come down to posterity.
About 1100 Héloïse is generally believed to have been born. Bibliographic Citation link.
1132 Héloïse, having read Abelard's autobiographical Historia calamitatum, began a correspondence with him in the same language, Latin. Bibliographic Citation link.
16 May, probably 1164 Héloïse died at the Paraclete Convent, where the body of her former lover, Peter Abelard, had been buried twenty years before. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1616 Nearly five hundred years after they were written, the letters of Héloïse and Abelard were published at Paris in Latin. Bibliographic Citation link.
30 July 1713 Letters of Abelard and Heloise, translated by John Hughes, was published at London. Bibliographic Citation link.
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