Abelard and Héloïse were two individuals who lived in the 12th century and are known for their tragic love story. Abelard was a Catholic philosopher and theologian, while Héloïse was his student and later became his lover. Their relationship was scandalous at the time, as Abelard was a respected scholar and Héloïse was a young woman from a noble family. They eventually married in secret, but their marriage was short-lived as Héloïse's family disapproved and had Abelard castrated. Abelard became a monk and Héloïse became a nun. Despite their separation, they continued to exchange letters expressing their love and devotion to each other, which have been preserved and studied as important literary works.
Héloïse et Abailard by Jean-Baptiste Goyet (1829) - Public Domain Catholic Painting
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