Standard Name: Héloïse
Birth Name: Héloïse
Used Form: Heloise
Used Form: Eloisa
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.
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The ascription has been subject to some question, since the formerly accepted birthdate for CT made her only fourteen at the time; the date established by more recent scholarship makes her approaching twenty.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
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The famous beloved, Laura, whom he celebrates in his poetry, has not been identified. He says that he first saw her in a church in Avignon during Holy Week, 1327;
she was probably...
Bergin, Thomas G. Petrarch. Twayne, 1970.
|Family and Intimate relationships||Hélène Barcynska|
|Family and Intimate relationships||Kate Clanchy||
KC 's father, Michael Clanchy , is Professor Emeritus of Medieval History at the Institute for Historical Research , which is a part of the University of London .
His published works include a biography...
“Fellowships”. Institute of Historical Research. University of London, School of Advanced Study.
|Literary responses||Elizabeth Tollet|
|politics||Ella Wheeler Wilcox|
AS compiled a 7-page booklet, Memoirs of Abelard and Eloisa, which was issued at Newcastle with other Abelard and Eloisa material.
Seward, Anna, Alexander Pope, Peter Abelard, Héloïse, and Alexander Pope. “Memoirs of Abelard and Eloisa”. Letters of Abelard and Eloisa, translated by. John Hughes and John Hughes, J. Mitchell, 1805.
British Library Catalogue.
|Textual Features||Marie Belloc Lowndes||
In her reviewing capacity she was able to comment on several texts central to the European tradition of women's writing. She called Marie de Lafayette 's La Princesse de Cleves (re-issued as part of an...
|Textual Features||Alexander Pope||
These two poems celebrate passionate love and loss experienced by fictional women, victimised by an unfeeling world; the first is a tour de force of ventriloquism, as Pope persuasively adopts a female voice. Pope's Eloisa...
|Textual Features||Helen Waddell||
Peter Abelard, set in Paris and Brittany, runs from June 1116 to November 1122. It is fully novelistic in style, opening with a passage in which Abelard, as a thirty-six-year-old lecturer, savours his...
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Abelard figured in her imagination as her ideal man, and on at least one occasion she dreamed that she herself was Heloise (as an abbess and an elderly woman after Abelard's death).
Blackett, Monica. The Mark of the Maker: A Portrait of Helen Waddell. Constable, 1973.