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Love story in Paris : A passion transformed into an unbreakable link – The grave of Héloïse and Abélard is located at the Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris 20th district, with lots of famous people such as Edith Piaf, Frédéric Chopin, La Fontaine, Molière, Oscar Wilde, Maria Callas, Jim Morrison, …

Héloïse and Abélard love story romantic things to do by PARIS BY EMY
The greatest Love story in Paris

It began in 12th-century, where Abélard , a brainy philosopher and Christian theologian, was employed as a tutor by Héloïse uncle, named Fulbert a Canon, a member of Notre Dame subject to an ecclesiastical rule. So, his pupil was Héloïse d’Argenteuil, a brilliant student. From this union, they had a son. The scandal of their relationship finally erupts when the furious Canon Fulbert denounces their secret and harmful marriage to the career of Abélard, who betrayed the church, according to the laws of this time. The canon then employs 2 henchmen to punish Abélard. He will be emasculated, deprived of his reproductive organs.

Love hurts

The first of their letters, addressed to Abélard, dates from 1132, 19 years after Heloise entered the monastery. Not by religious choice, but at the request of Abélard, her husband, after he was emasculated. They wrote hundreds of love letters and wrote to each other until death do them part. Today rehabilitated and better understood, their love letters are compiled in their original and full text. Some books offer a complete edition of all the letters exchanged between the illustrious and persecuted master, self-confident and bitter, and his student, lover, wife, then disciple in God, whose constrained humility and docility cannot hide passion and greatness.

God and Love story in Paris

The 2 lovers embrace monastic life, she at the Argenteuil convent, he in Saint-Denis. Héloïse and Abélard loved each other on the island of Saint-Louis, under the reign of King Louis Vl, around 1200. At that time, Abélard was teaching at Notre Dame de Paris. They have embodied romantic love, which knows no obstacles, and they remained a case study for the Catholic Church. Abélard and Héloise suffered for each other within an outstanding passion, not only joy but pain, not only self-realization but self-abandonment.

An intellectual and spiritual Love story in Paris

Héloïse started the first monastic order with a specifically feminine rule. The Gregorian reform worked to ensure that it does not survive and that the nuns do not become « femmes savantes » (learned women) anymore, but failed in the end. Héloïse is accorded an important place in French literary history and in the development of feminist representation. She was a French nun, writer, scholar, abbess and spouse.

Abélard was an excellent philosopher, dialectician and Christian theologian, father of scholasticism and inventor of conceptualism. Abélard passed away in 1142, 22 years before Héloïse.

Love is eternal

Abélard and Héloïse rest in peace together at the cemetery du Père Lachaise.

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