Abelard: A Medieval Life
May 1999, Wiley-Blackwell
Map of France in Abelard's Time.
Map of Paris in Abelard's Time.
1. The Story of Abelard.
Part I: Scientia - 'Knowledge': Chronological Table 1079-1117.
2. Scientia - 'Knowledge'.
Part II: Experimentum - 'Experience': Chronological Table 1117-1118.
6. Experimentum - 'Experience'.
Part III: Religio - 'Religion': Chronological Table 1118-1142.
10. Religio - 'Religion'.
13. Heretic. Conclusion.
Abbreviations used in the Notes to Chapters.
Notes to Chapters.
Suggestions for Further Reading.
* Written by one of England's most distinguished medieval historians of international renown.
* Discusses all aspects of Abelards life from his achievements as a medieval scholar and theologian to his seduction of Heloise and its notorious consequences.
* Reassesses role of Heloise, arguing that she educated him rather than vice versa.
"A great book, 'unique' like its hero" Jaques Le Goff, Ecole
des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales
"A crowning achievement of writing medieval history in our
generation." John W. Baldwin, John Hopkins University
"Michael Clanchy's book will rank for some time as the best
scholarly biography of Abelard. It is a compelling and convincing
account that draws together the many disparate facets of the life
of one of the most energetic minds and personalities of the twelfth
century, or indeed of the Middle Ages." Times Literary
"It takes a touch of genius to bring a twelfth-century
intellectual to life in this way." The English Historical
"The new biography by Michael Clanchy ... [is now] the standard
historical study of Abelard's life. It is a work of great energy
and insight ... It also provides analyses based on a thorough
knowledge of Abelard and Abelard studies, that are as stimulating
as they are provocative." The Medieval Review, August
"Here is a fresh and central reconstruction of Abelard as a
person, based on the research and text editions of previous
decades, that puts him at the very center of medieval life and
culture and thus makes him relevant for our own times." Revue
"This marvelous book about one of the most controversial and
interesting of twelfth-century men deserves the warmest
welcome...It will surely establish itself and maintain a place for
many years, as an accessible and balanced assessment of Abelard
..." Reviews in History
"This book is much more than a life of Abelard: it is also an
excellent survey of the twelfth century, which, while remaining
faithful to the highest standards of scholarship, reads much like a
good novel. This is a rare case indeed: a book with much to offer
to specialists and beginners, which can also be recommended to
historians and theologians alike." Theological Studies
"This is one of the half-dozen best books ever written about the
European Middle Ages. M.T. Clanchy integrates ecclesiastical,
cultural, and social history, and the biography of a great mind and
academic with depth of learning, subtlety of insight, and skillful
and at times elegant writing that are rarely seen among
medievalists ... My only regret is that I came to the end of it too
quickly. I would gladly have remained immersed in Abelard and
Heloise and their world for another two or three hundred pages ...
Clanchy's Aberlard will stay with you and haunt your sensibility
and imagination." American Historical Review
"Clanchy has performed a valuable service in bringing together often difficult and specialised scholarship into accessible form for the general reader." Journal of Religious History