Heloise's Echo: The Anthropology of a Twelfth-Century Horizontal Knowledge Landscape

Hellemans, B., 2019, Horizontal Learning in the High Middle Ages: Peer-to-Peer Knowledge Transfer in Religious Communities. Long, M., Snijder, T. & Vanderputten, S. (eds.). Amsterdam University Press, p. 185-205 21 p.

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This chapter presents Heloise of Argenteuil’s quest for an intellectual voice through her correspondences with Abelard, Bernard of Clairvaux, and Peter the Venerable. The relationships between these four characters are deeply intellectual yet at the same time they are negotiated not only through intimate conversations, but also through collaborative monastic projects, through which the characters seek to transform the world around them. These performances open up a space that is at once aestheticized and intellectualized, in which interpersonal connections can develop. This is particularly true of vocal performances such as in the letters, in which the act of listening
offers a moment of connection with the unmistakable individuality
of Heloise as a performer.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHorizontal Learning in the High Middle Ages
Subtitle of host publicationPeer-to-Peer Knowledge Transfer in Religious Communities
EditorsMicol Long, Tjamke Snijder, Stefan Vanderputten
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-485-3291-9
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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