Tuesday, October 7, 2014
The Sharp Hook Of Love by Sherry Jones
Heloise was also a scholar, a rare thing in that day and age for a woman. She was raised in Argenteuil Convent, left there by her mother who had her as an unmarried woman. She left in her late teens to live with her uncle, Canon Fulbert, in Paris. He wanted to use Heloise's beauty and scholarship to advance his own career.
The stage for tragedy was set when Abelard agreed to become Heloise's tutor. He moved into Canon Fulbert's house to facilitate her learning and a love affair ensued. When they were discovered, Fulbert was enraged. By then, Heloise was pregnant and Abelard arranged to send her to Brittany to his family for her confinement.
When she returned to Paris, the pair had a secret wedding to appease Fulbert. When rumors of their marriage leaked out, Abelard had Heloise return to the convent. He was not allowed to marry as a canon and put his career ahead of his love. The affair ended in tragedy for all.
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