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Heloise by [Hager, Mandy]
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Length: 376 pages Word Wise: Enabled Language: English

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What happens when the 12th century's most famous French lovers are caught in the crossfire of factions, religious reform and zealotry?

Heloise has an exceptional mind. In her determination 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 fly. And when those two minds belong to a charismatic man and a determined young woman, those sparks are likely to ignite. But theirs is an impossible love.

At a time when the Gregorian Reforms are starting to bite and celibacy among the clergy and church officials is being rigorously imposed, these two embark on an affair that will see their lives forever changed.

Based on meticulous up-to-date research and the pair's own writings, this novel recreates the times, offers a plausible interpretation of the known facts and a vivid imagining of the gaps in this legendary story. So, too, it shines a light on a changing world whose attitudes and politics are not so very different from our own.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1244 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Publisher: NZ ePenguin (15 May 2017)
  • Sold by: Penguin UK
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MV2H9ZR
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,160 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The novel is brilliant, gripping, thought-provoking, insightful of the times and its dilemmas and wonderful in allowing the reader to get into the heads and hearts of people with a very different world-view.

Mandy Hager conjures up a world so different to ours and yet so similar. Even while I was engrossed in the arcane religious arguments I could see their relevance to today and other issues of race, power and gender. I’ve always been bemused at the thought of people leaving the world by entering monasteries and convents but Hager shows that it was a sensible option for many, particularly women.
The characters resonate powerfully and I especially liked the way in which we have glimpses of their multi-faceted nature: heroes and villains, strong and weak in the one person.

I was really impressed by the character of Heloise. From the opening pages, we see her precocity and view the world through the lens of her intelligence and emotion. This, together with the blindness wrought by love carry the book forward with verve and power. Abelard is often painted as the victim of the affair, a new Adam tempted by a medieval Eve. Hager has a different take on him. He is, I think, the more culpable figure yet this somehow makes him seem more human and I liked and disliked him in equal measure.

Other characters also shine. Heloise’s good friend Jehanne, parallels Heloise’s battle, though in a physical rather than an intellectual or moral manner. For her it was either fight or give up. Heloise’s uncle, Fulbert is a wonderful creation. Hager shows his deep love Heloise and how his sense of betrayal caused him anguish and led to the tragic and terrible outcomes for Heloise and Abelard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Medieval Love Story 4 August 2017
By Judith Paulin - Published on
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Mandy Hager brings to modern readers a believable medieval story, immersing us in a fascinating environment, enabling us to experience it with awe, joy, and pain, as we live and grow in the world of Heloise and all the people she loves and shares her life with nearly a thousand years ago! Well worth a read!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 August 2017
By Liz Fowler - Published on
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Well worth reading

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