Abelard and Heloise

A very short post for Valentine’s Day. Abelard and Heloise: one of the medieval period’s more interesting couples. I will write about them in more detail at another date. Though I will say that they had a son called Astrolabe.

Just for Valentine’s Day I thought I’d share one of my favourite of their surviving love notes. This is from Heloise to Abelard.

“To his soul, her soul: may we be in one soul for a long time.”

The photos below are their tomb in Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. It is not contemporary.
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