What happens when the 12th century’s most famous lovers are caught in the crossfire of factions, religious reform and blind ambition?
Heloise is a determined young woman with an exceptional mind, longing to pursue learning rather than marriage or life as a cloistered nun. Her path inevitably crosses with Peter Abelard, the celebrity philosopher, theologian and master at Paris’ famed Cathedral School.
When two such brilliant minds meet and engage, sparks are likely to ignite. But theirs is an impossible love. This is a time when the Gregorian Reforms are starting to bite and celibacy among the clergy and church officials is being rigorously imposed.
Based on meticulous up-to-date research and the pair’s own writings, this novel offers a plausible interpretation of the known facts and a vivid imagining of the gaps in this legendary story. It shines a light on a changing world whose attitudes and politics are not so very different from our own.
Published by Penguin NZ in May 2017, Heloise tells the story of Heloise d’Argenteuil, famed lover of 12th century French philosopher Peter Abelard.
You can find out more about the background to the writing of the book here
And here’s a wonderful review from The Listener 3.6.16
A lovely review in the Sunday Star Times 18.6.17
You can also listen to an interview on Radio New Zealand’s Standing Room Only (4.6.17)
And here’s a nice review on National Radio’s Nine to Noon: