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 (ăb′ə-lärd′) also A·bé·lard (ä-bā-lär′), Peter or Pierre 1079-1142.
French theologian, philosopher, and composer whose nominalist application of the principles of ancient Greek logic to the doctrines of the medieval Catholic Church led to charges of heresy. He had a love affair with his pupil Héloise, whom he secretly married after she bore him a child; her family was angered and had him castrated, after which he became a monk.


(Biography) Peter. French name Pierre Abélard. 1079–1142, French scholastic philosopher and theologian whose works include Historia Calamitatum and Sic et Non (1121). His love for Héloïse is recorded in their correspondence


(ˈæb əˌlɑrd; Fr. a beɪˈlar)

Pierre, 1079–1142, French philosopher, teacher, and theologian: love affair with Heloïse.
English, Peter Abelard.
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This is the grave of Abelard and Heloise--a grave which has been more revered, more widely known, more written and sung about and wept over, for seven hundred years, than any other in Christendom save only that of the Saviour.
Yet who really knows the story of Abelard and Heloise?
Just at this time, Pierre Abelard, who had already made himself widely famous as a rhetorician, came to found a school of rhetoric in Paris.
And so, exulting over an honorable confidence which to his degraded instinct was a ludicrous "simplicity," this unmanly Abelard seduced the niece of the man whose guest he was.
Ruffians, hired by Fulbert, fell upon Abelard by night, and
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The shadow Monte Cristo had noticed passed rapidly behind the tomb of Abelard and Heloise, placed itself close to the heads of the horses belonging to the hearse, and following the undertaker's men, arrived with them at the spot appointed for the burial.
Synopsis: In the pages of "A Terrifying Grace", Rob Yule (a retired New Zealand Presbyterian minister and a former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand) looks at a fascinating selection of romantic relationships from throughout Christian history, ranging from Augustine, Abelard and Heloise, and the Luthers, to Billy and Ruth Graham and Pope Saint John Paul II.
Sent to detention for breaking a sliding wall divider, Lily sits next to accomplice-in-destruction, Abelard Mitchell, who has Asperger's syndrome accompanied by genius.
From Abelard, a love struck little chick who'll go to the end of the world to catch the moon for his beloved, to Bubbles & Gondola, with Charlie the mouse battling a case of writer's block, to Betty Blues, about a hard-bitten jazz trumpeter duck and the gorgeous floozy he loses to his music--these are fairytales for adults with the surrealist charm of Herriman's Krazy Kat.
In Canada, he made his Canadian Opera Company debut in 1973 as Bernard in the premiere of Charles Wilson's Heloise and Abelard and returned for The Merry Widow in 1973, as Shuisky in 1974, as Gonzalve in 1974 and in a 1975 Die Fledermaus.