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Peter Abelard and Heloise

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Peter Abelard and Heloise

Years Written

c. 1132–35




Religion, Romance

Perspective and Narrator

The letters are narrated by the two authors, Peter Abelard and Heloise, who both write in the first person and address each other directly in the second person. The first letter is written by Abelard to his friend Philintus. The second, fourth, and fifth letters are written by Heloise to Abelard. The third and sixth letters are written by Abelard to Heloise.


The tense of the letters shifts between the present and the past. Discussions of the pair's past relationship and history are told in the past tense, while current thoughts and feelings are shared in the present tense.

About the Title

The title reveals that this is a collection of letters written between two people, Peter Abelard and Heloise. The pair were former lovers who lived in France in the 12th century. They exchanged these letters several years after their physical relationship was forcibly ended.


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