Abelard: A Medieval Life   -     By: M.T. Clanchy
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Wiley-Blackwell / 1999 / Paperback

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Michael Clancy introduces the reader to medieval life through the experience of Peter Abelard, the master of the Paris school whose career included seducing Heloise (his student), and being castrated, accused of treason, condemned as a heretic (twice) as well as writing his memoirs, 'his story of calamities.' This, the first biography of Abelard for over 30 years, combines the most recent international research with a re-reading of the sources line by line. Original in interpretation, trenchant in judgement and written with pace and wit, Abelard: A Medieval Life is likely to become the standard work on it's subject.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 432
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0631214445
ISBN-13: 9780631214441
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Author Bio

M. T. Clanchy is Professor Emeritus of Medieval History at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, and a Fellow of the British Academy. He taught at the University of Glasgow 1964-85. He is the author of From Memory to Written Record: England 1066-1307 (Blackwell second edition, 1993) and Abelard: A Medieval Life (Blackwell, 1997). He is the editor (with Betty Radice) of The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (Penguin Classics, 2003).

Editorial Reviews

"This is one of the best books on medieval culture I have everread, and I was so delighted by it I was sorry to get to the endand to have to put it down." Norman F. Cantor, New YorkUniversity <!--end-->

"A great book, 'unique' like its hero" Jaques Le Goff, Ecoledes Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales

"A crowning achievement of writing medieval history in ourgeneration." John W. Baldwin, John Hopkins University

"Michael Clanchy's book will rank for some time as the bestscholarly biography of Abelard. It is a compelling and convincingaccount that draws together the many disparate facets of the lifeof one of the most energetic minds and personalities of the twelfthcentury, or indeed of the Middle Ages." Times LiterarySupplement

"It takes a touch of genius to bring a twelfth-centuryintellectual to life in this way." The English HistoricalReview

"The new biography by Michael Clanchy ... [is now] the standardhistorical study of Abelard's life. It is a work of great energyand insight ... It also provides analyses based on a thoroughknowledge of Abelard and Abelard studies, that are as stimulatingas they are provocative." The Medieval Review, August1999

"Here is a fresh and central reconstruction of Abelard as aperson, based on the research and text editions of previousdecades, that puts him at the very center of medieval life andculture and thus makes him relevant for our own times." Revued'histoire ecclesiastique

"This marvelous book about one of the most controversial andinteresting of twelfth-century men deserves the warmestwelcome...It will surely establish itself and maintain a place formany 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 anexcellent survey of the twelfth century, which, while remainingfaithful to the highest standards of scholarship, reads much like agood novel. This is a rare case indeed: a book with much to offerto specialists and beginners, which can also be recommended tohistorians and theologians alike." Theological Studies

"This is one of the half-dozen best books ever written about theEuropean Middle Ages. M.T. Clanchy integrates ecclesiastical,cultural, and social history, and the biography of a great mind andacademic with depth of learning, subtlety of insight, and skillfuland at times elegant writing that are rarely seen amongmedievalists ... My only regret is that I came to the end of it tooquickly. I would gladly have remained immersed in Abelard andHeloise and their world for another two or three hundred pages ...Clanchy's Aberlard will stay with you and haunt your sensibilityand imagination." American Historical Review

"Clanchy has performed a valuable service in bringing togetheroften difficult and specialised scholarship into accessible formfor the general reader." Journal of Religious History

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