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Stealing Heaven-The Love Story of Heloise and Abelard
Stealing Heaven-The Love Story of Heloise and Abelard Author:Marion Meade Based on one of history's greatest love stories, this heartwrenching novel tells us of the doomed romance between Heloise and Abelard. — In twelfth century France, Peter Abelard is a philosophy teacher at the cathedral school of Notre Dame. Considered the greatest teacher of the time, students from all over flock to Paris eager to hear his teachi... more »ngs. Widely admired for his dedication to his profession, he will meet his downfall when he falls in love with a local canon's niece.
Raised in a convent, Heloise is a strong-willed young lady with an insatiable desire for knowledge. And with such passionate nature, she possesses a rebellious streak especially when it comes to the society's perception of women as mere chattel. From the day that her Uncle Fulbert has made her aware of his plans to marry her off to a wealthy man, Heloise has expressed her dislike for marriage. Therefore, when he accepts Abelard's request to rent one of his rooms, he doesn't think twice about it despite his relatives' concern about his maiden niece living under the same roof as Master Abelard. In fact, he has so much trust in Abelard's chasteness that one of the conditions he gives Abelard is for him to take Heloise as a pupil. And so begins the tragic romance that will shock the nation and which will become one of histories most popular love stories of all time.
While Shakespeare has immortalized the romance of Romeo and Juliet, the story of Heloise and Abelard will always be more powerful for the fact that we know that it happened and we have their letters that tell us of the sorrow that the lovers, especially Heloise, has lived after the vengeful castration of Abelard. Marion Meade does a good job in describing the atmosphere of the time that the book really draws you in and the characters are so vivid adding to the intensity of the story.
This is a truly passionate retelling of the doomed love of Heloise and Abelard. You see the depth of her love for Abelard and how she suffered with the nagging doubts about Abelard's true feelings for her, her shock at how he seemed to have readily accepted his fate as God's punishment for not resisting his feelings for her.
As long as you keep an open mind that this is a fictional novel based on facts, and know that there are embellishments for story-telling purpose, this is a wonderful and captivating book for romance buff.« less