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Title: Heloise
Authors: Hager, Mandy
Genre: Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 382
Year: 2017
Publisher: Penguin Books
Language: English
Description: They feature in lists of the world's most famous lovers ... Heloise D'Argenteuil and Peter Abelard. Springing from 12th century France, theirs was also a meeting of the minds, Abelard being a philosopher and theologian and Heloise, his student. Their relationship with its many challenges plays out against the backdrop of the religious reforms and political intrigues of the early Middle Ages.

Anchored by extensive research and enriched with input from classic and medieval philosophers, this novel incorporates the characters' own writing to produce a fascinating and passionate retelling of the love story of this real-life legendary couple.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"It became a very interesting tale. I learned a lot about church politics of that time."

"A well written and captivating account of two of the finest minds of the Middle Ages, Heloise and Abelard."

"I felt it was unnecessary to go into so much detail about the sexual activities of Heloise and Abelard. I didn't want to read descriptions of this."

"It's a true story and a difficult time in the church when greed and power got in the way of religion much too often."

"Although is this a careful, reflective read it is also a fascinating look at the early Middle Ages."

"I was uncomfortable with the sometimes explicit sexual descriptions. Without that, I would have enjoyed the book a lot more."

"Not a fast read."

"The regular intrusion of classical literature and theology could be a bit heavy for some but I believe it only adds to the authenticity of Hager's study."
Categories: Fiction - New Zealand, Biography, Feminism, Historical, Love story, Philosophy, Relationships, Religion, France, 2020 Titles

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