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ABELARD, P. / HELOISE: Letters of Abelard and Heloise (The) (Unabridged)

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ABELARD, P. / HELOISE: Letters of Abelard and Heloise (The) (Unabridged)

The Letters of Abelard and Heloise is one of the most extraordinary correspondences in European history. Written in the 12th century, the letters document the love affair between Peter Abelard, a revolutionary philosopher and biblical scholar, and his beautiful and precocious student, Heloise. Eviscerated by his religious opponents and castrated by Heloise’s family, Abelard is haunted by ill fortune, and the star-crossed lovers are forced into separate lives, as monk and nun respectively, with letters being their only form of communication. What unfolds is tragic and heartbreaking, but also fascinating. The letters gave rise to compelling philosophical, theological and sociological discussions, and they provide a window into the medieval mind as the everyday lives of the two lovers are laid bare through their passionate discourse.

Disc 1

  The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (Unabridged)
1.   The Letters of Aberlard and Heloise 00:09:49
2.   While all this was going on… 00:09:03
3.   I was all on fire for the girl… 00:10:00
4.   'But to leave aside for the moment this obstacle to philosophy…' 00:09:55
5.   My wounds were still healing when my students started at me… 00:09:48
6.   'If, on the other hand, you would act according to rule…' 00:10:38
7.   One day not long thereafter… 00:09:21

Disc 2

  The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (Unabridged)
1.   I can imagine the claim… 00:09:36
2.   Their life at first was hard… 00:09:14
3.   Now Satan has blocked my path. 00:07:16
4.   First Letter - Heloise to Abelard 00:12:37
5.   This notion goes beyond philosophy… 00:08:30
6.   Second Letter - Abelard to Heloise 00:06:22
7.   I hope all this will call you to your prayers 00:08:29

Disc 3

  The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (Unabridged)
1.   Third Letter - Heloise to Abelard 00:09:10
2.   But me - Was it my sorry birthright… 00:13:13
3.   Fourth Letter - Abelard to Heloise 00:11:00
4.   I take it hard, then, that many members… 00:11:42
5.   But if you look beyond God's justice… 00:11:41
6.   Pity him in your grief… 00:10:18

Disc 4

  The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (Unabridged)
1.   Fifth Letter - Heloise to Abelard 00:09:49
2.   All of the allowances he made… 00:11:13
3.   Who hath woe 00:09:56
4.   Self - restraint is not a virtue of the body but of the soul. 00:12:36
5.   Sixth Letter - Abelard to Heloise 00:09:04
6.   Women prepared the spices for the burial of the Lord… 00:09:30
7.   Luke says, 'It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna…' 00:08:31

Disc 5

  The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (Unabridged)
1.   In earlier history, too… 00:10:02
2.   Jerome comments on this passage:… 00:09:05
3.   We also can count among these women… 00:19:16
4.   Let me ask my brothers and my fellow monks… 00:09:59
5.   I ask you then… 00:11:07
6.   It is not strange at all… 00:13:05
7.   Seventh Letter - Abelard to Heloise 00:11:13

Disc 6

  The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (Unabridged)
1.   We must avoid not only idle words… 00:11:59
2.   Some of the holy Fathers went so far… 00:11:28
3.   Now, if the Lord inspires me… 00:10:03
4.   We become surety for a friend… 00:09:30
5.   Since sobriety is necessary for all prelates… 00:10:30
6.   When the man takes up his appointment as superior… 00:09:34
7.   The cellaress will oversee everything having to do with food… 00:10:46

Disc 7

  The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (Unabridged)
1.   Strict discipline must therefore be enforced. 00:11:22
2.   After discussing the offense to his brother… 00:12:18
3.   The single most important point in the rule… 00:10:20
4.   In other words, if fasts are undertaken in fulfillment of a vow… 00:12:01
5.   Now, since 'wine is a luxurious things…' 00:12:04
6.   On the matter of fasting… 00:12:25

Disc 8

  The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (Unabridged)
1.   And so, these abbots and so - called superiors… 00:10:44
2.   Saint Benedict also follows him in this, saying… 00:11:10
3.   The greatest true Doctor of the Church… 00:11:41
4.   The Questions of Heloise 00:03:58
5.   Abelard's Confession of Faith 00:04:10
6.   Letters of Heloise and Peter the Venerable 00:08:38
7.   I myself would find it sweet to talk with you… 00:07:23
8.   Heloise to Peter 00:02:21
9.   Peter to Heloise 00:02:45
10.   The Absolution for Peter Abelard 00:00:50

Total Playing Time: 09:20:08

Abelard, Peter; Heloise

Cauthery, Gunnar; Pettitt, Alison; Rintoul, David

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Non-Fiction

Period: Medieval

Catalogue No: NA0304

Barcode: 9781781981221

Physical Release: 04/2018

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