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In this classic of medieval literature, a brilliant and daring thinker relates the spellbinding story of his philosophical and spiritual enlightenment and the tale of his tragic personal life as well Peter Ab lard paints an absorbing portrait of monastic and scholastic life in twelfth century Paris, while also recounting the circumstances and consequences of one of history s most famous love stories his doomed romance with HeloiseConsidered the founder of the University of Paris, Ab lard was instrumental in promoting the use of the dialectical method in Western education He regarded theology as the handmaiden of knowledge and believed that through reason, people could attain a greater knowledge of God By doubting, he declared, we come to inquire, and by inquiry we arrive at truth Ab lard s tendency to leave questions open for discussion made him a target for frequent charges of heresy, and all his works were eventually included in the church s Index of Forbidden Books Unfortunately, Ab lard s reputation as a philosopher is often overshadowed by his renown as a loverIn addition to its value as a scholarly treatise, The Story of My Misfortunes offers the rare opportunity to observe a legendary romance from the point of view of one of its participants


10 thoughts on “The Story of My Misfortunes

  1. Mir Mir says:

    I ve never understood why the story of Abelard and Heloise is considered romantic Abelard was a self centered whiner who seems to have had no reservations about violating his monastic vows and the trust of his employer He finagled a teaching position with the plan of beating his student so that she would give into his sexual demands he had entrusted a tender lamb to the care of a ravenous wolf When he had thus given her into my charge, not alone to be taught but even to be disciplined, wh I ve never understood why the story of Abelard and Heloise is considered romantic Abelard was a self centered whiner who seems to have had no reservations about violating his monastic vows and the trust of his employer He finagled a teaching position with the plan of beating his student so that she would give into his sexual demands he had entrusted a tender lamb to the care of a ravenous wolf When he had thus given her into my charge, not alone to be taught but even to be disciplined, what had he done save given free scope to my desires to bend her to my will with threats and blows if I failed to do so with caressesIs this an interesting and revelatory passage concerning how ideas of love change over time and cultures Yes Is it romantic Not to me, at least I d totally be there with Heloise s brothers, castrating the teacher who knocked up my little sister This story also peeves me because it serves as an exemplar against education for women.Of course Abelard never blames himself for any of his problems it is all due to the jealousy of others For a text that is supposed to be romantic, Abelard spends a lottime bragging about how brilliant he is and whining about how everyone is mean to him than thinking about Heloise I suspect that most of his persecutions occurred because he was an intolerable prick And who the fuck names their baby Astrolabe


  2. Rachel Rachel says:

    What I expected Hi, I m Abelard, a brilliant and tragic figure I m going to tell you about my lifelong devotion to my scholarship and my religion I will also explain how I dealt with that whole Heloise thing everyone talks about how we loved each other truly and profoundly but our morals and stations in life kept us from ever being together inthan spirit What I got Hi, I m Abelard, an insufferable narcissist with a persecution complex Everywhere I go, people slander and even try to What I expected Hi, I m Abelard, a brilliant and tragic figure I m going to tell you about my lifelong devotion to my scholarship and my religion I will also explain how I dealt with that whole Heloise thing everyone talks about how we loved each other truly and profoundly but our morals and stations in life kept us from ever being together inthan spirit What I got Hi, I m Abelard, an insufferable narcissist with a persecution complex Everywhere I go, people slander and even try to kill me because my logical proofs regarding the unity of the Trinity are so much cleverer than theirs I mean the very smartest people tend to love me a bunch even follow me around all the time, begging me to teach them everything I know but everyone else is too stupid to see how awesome I am I kind of remind myself of Jesus in that respect, actually Well, maybe inthan that respect I mean I AM pretty perfect Also, at one point I met this girl Heloise and we were both super smart and good looking so we figured it d make sense to shack up for a bit, but then she got pregnant and her dad was pissed and that was over Oh well Did I mention that I m really awesome


  3. Renée Renée says:

    Funniest twelfth century book ever I m an obvious Abelard devotee despite being an atheist, who cares and love him and his work to bits, but this book really is extremely underrated It s bitter and angry, but that just makes it rather hilarious Anyone with knowledge of all the great twelfth century intrigues within the church and intellectual world would love this, but perhaps everyone else would as well Give it a shot, it s very short and you ve got nothing to loose One of my all time fa Funniest twelfth century book ever I m an obvious Abelard devotee despite being an atheist, who cares and love him and his work to bits, but this book really is extremely underrated It s bitter and angry, but that just makes it rather hilarious Anyone with knowledge of all the great twelfth century intrigues within the church and intellectual world would love this, but perhaps everyone else would as well Give it a shot, it s very short and you ve got nothing to loose One of my all time favourites For those who are unfamiliar with Abelard, he was a twelfth century theologian philosopher with a rather tragic life He fell in love with Heloise, whose uncle had him castrated long story, but basically the uncle thought Abelard wouldn t marry Heloise, which he actually had, and thought that Abelard would leave Heloise alone with their child, and so the uncle got pissed off and had two men castrate Abelard After the incident he became a monk, and Heloise a nun They wrote many letters to each other, and those letters are perhaps the reason for their fame , he almost got lynched while being abbot in Brittany for disagreeing with his monks and he got excommunicated by the church twice, despite being a rather devoted Christian Needless to say, he wasn t a happy bunny after all of this, and thus he wrote this Historia Calamitatum


  4. Viji (Bookish endeavors) Viji (Bookish endeavors) says:

    Persuasive,emotional and beautiful. Reading this book was like getting a family pack ice cream my flavor is vanilla,by the way after eating plain bread for a month It had everything that a book needs a good story,interesting characters and beautiful writing style Abelard sounded arrogant at times with his elephant size pride and supreme conviction of his superiority Like in this sentence,So distinguished was my name, and I possessed such advantages of youth and comeliness, that no matterPersuasive,emotional and beautiful. Reading this book was like getting a family pack ice cream my flavor is vanilla,by the way after eating plain bread for a month It had everything that a book needs a good story,interesting characters and beautiful writing style Abelard sounded arrogant at times with his elephant size pride and supreme conviction of his superiority Like in this sentence,So distinguished was my name, and I possessed such advantages of youth and comeliness, that no matter what woman I might favour with my love, I dreaded rejection of none Vanity and pride isn t considered good in a Christian,is it It is that part which made me give only four stars to this book. Philosophy isn t discussed much considering the fact that this is the autobiography of a philosopher But certain theological arguments had been cited when the situation demanded it For example,he couldn t have elaborated on the persecutions if he didn t explain the problem he faced on his explanation of Trinity And considering the number of pages employed,this book is an excellent account of one s life He had tried to add all the significant incidents and the only problem was his exaggeration of his own positives and his enemies faults But we are all humans and we often tend to do so As a book,this was an interesting read


  5. Enrico Schiavo Enrico Schiavo says:

    Isaiah was sawed to death in his equator Jonah was swallowed by a fish Habakkuk travelled through the air suspended by his hair Amos got his teeth pulled out one by one for talking too much St Ignatius of Antioch was eaten by lions St Lawrence got toasted St Hyppolitus was torn apart by horses And if I m not mistaken, Jesus Christ was himself nailed to a cross through his hands and feet.And they became saints, prophets and one of them is definitely the son of God Himself And you, Ab Isaiah was sawed to death in his equator Jonah was swallowed by a fish Habakkuk travelled through the air suspended by his hair Amos got his teeth pulled out one by one for talking too much St Ignatius of Antioch was eaten by lions St Lawrence got toasted St Hyppolitus was torn apart by horses And if I m not mistaken, Jesus Christ was himself nailed to a cross through his hands and feet.And they became saints, prophets and one of them is definitely the son of God Himself And you, Abelard, oh my, you ve got nothing, poor you Origen castrated himself and didn t get promoted Do you see him moaning and making such a fuss out of this Well, do you No He just sits there quietly and Oh who am I kidding Last week I convoluted in bed and screamed in pain due to bowel movements Who am I to judge you, poor Abelard No one cares The funniest book you ve ever read in your life is from the 12th century , I thought to myself Well, this is kind of shocking And it tells a story of misfortunes As La Rochefoucauld would put it, 500 years after such turmoil Nous avons tous assez de force pour supporter les maux d autrui Wait But he also said L orgueil ne veut pas devoir, et l amour propre ne veut pas payer No need to conjure that cranky french maxim writer After all, who cares about a whiny, self centered monk who s been dead for almost nine centuries


  6. Betty Betty says:

    This autobiography has a little about Abelard s childhood, a lot on his college years and early years as a teacher, his relationship with Heloise, and his years as a monk He wrote it when he was about 53 years old I found it irritating how he was constantly paranoid that others were out to do him harm he s just obsessed with this I think he would have been happiest if he had filled a wagon full of books and then gone to live in a nice quiet cave I liked how when he wanted to marry Heloise s This autobiography has a little about Abelard s childhood, a lot on his college years and early years as a teacher, his relationship with Heloise, and his years as a monk He wrote it when he was about 53 years old I found it irritating how he was constantly paranoid that others were out to do him harm he s just obsessed with this I think he would have been happiest if he had filled a wagon full of books and then gone to live in a nice quiet cave I liked how when he wanted to marry Heloise she did her best to dissuade him, saying that he was too intelligent to be chained to a wife and he shouldn t waste his time chasing around after a bunch of kids If onlypeople thought like that today


  7. Bonnie Bonnie says:

    Peter Abelard was not well loved by his contemporaries they were afraid of his new scholastic approach to analyzing fine points of scripture they resented the brilliance and creativity of his mind they were furious at his popularity with the young students at the University in Paris Of course, his dalliance with Heloise gave them ammunition to discredit him not only did he lose his cojones he lost his position as lecturer and served out the rest of his days as abbot of a monastery That Peter Abelard was not well loved by his contemporaries they were afraid of his new scholastic approach to analyzing fine points of scripture they resented the brilliance and creativity of his mind they were furious at his popularity with the young students at the University in Paris Of course, his dalliance with Heloise gave them ammunition to discredit him not only did he lose his cojones he lost his position as lecturer and served out the rest of his days as abbot of a monastery That s not all there is to the story but it s a start


  8. Diane Diane says:

    I found Abelard to be egotistical and obnoxious He has a real victim complex and really pats himself on the back for totally taking advantage of Heloise, who has a totally different version of things.


  9. Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount) Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount) says:

    I actually read this book online through Project Gutenberg It is a memoir telling the story of Abelard s life and adventures, with particular focus on his epic romance But, of course, this is a story which took place during the 12th century AD, adding an interesting layer of historical interest to what otherwise reads as a rather modern tale.


  10. Helmuts Helmuts says:

    A millenia old text, you don t get to read a thriller like this very often D