The Story of My Misfortunes

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  • Title: The Story of My Misfortunes
  • Author: Pierre Abélard Henry Adams Bellows Ralph Adams Cram
  • ISBN: 9780486444017
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Paperback
The Story of My Misfortunes

Free Read The Story of My Misfortunes - by Pierre Abélard Henry Adams Bellows Ralph Adams Cram, The Story of My Misfortunes, Pierre Abélard Henry Adams Bellows Ralph Adams Cram, The Story of My Misfortunes In this classic of medieval literature a brilliant and daring thinker relates the spellbinding story of his philosophical and spiritual enlightenment and the tale of his tragic personal life as well Peter Ab lard paints an absorbing portrait of monastic and scholastic life in twelfth century Paris while also recounting the circumstances and consequences of one of hist Free Read The Story of My Misfortunes - by Pierre Abélard Henry Adams Bellows Ralph Adams Cram - The Story of My Misfortunes, The Story of My Misfortunes In this classic of medieval literature a brilliant and daring thinker relates the spellbinding story of his philosophical and spiritual enlightenment and the tale of his tragic personal life as well

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The Story of My Misfortunes

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  • Pierre Abélard Henry Adams Bellows Ralph Adams Cram

    Peter Abelard was the preeminent philosopher of the twelfth century and perhaps the greatest logician of the middle ages During his life he was equally famous as a poet and a composer, and might also have ranked as the preeminent theologian of his day had his ideas earned converts and less condemnation In all areas Abelard was brilliant, innovative, and controversial He was a genius He knew it, and made no apologies His vast knowledge, wit, charm, and even arrogance drew a generation of Europe s finest minds to Paris to learn from him.



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  • I ve never understood why the story of Abelard and Heloise is considered romantic Abelard was a self centered whiner who seems to have had no reservations about violating his monastic vows and the trust of his employer He finagled a teaching position with the plan of beating his student so that she would give into his sexual demands he had entrusted a tender lamb to the care of a ravenous wolf When he had thus given her into my charge, not alone to be taught but even to be disciplined, what had [...]


  • What I expected Hi, I m Abelard, a brilliant and tragic figure I m going to tell you about my lifelong devotion to my scholarship and my religion I will also explain how I dealt with that whole Heloise thing everyone talks about how we loved each other truly and profoundly but our morals and stations in life kept us from ever being together in than spirit What I got Hi, I m Abelard, an insufferable narcissist with a persecution complex Everywhere I go, people slander and even try to kill me bec [...]


  • Funniest twelfth century book ever I m an obvious Abelard devotee despite being an atheist, who cares and love him and his work to bits, but this book really is extremely underrated It s bitter and angry, but that just makes it rather hilarious Anyone with knowledge of all the great twelfth century intrigues within the church and intellectual world would love this, but perhaps everyone else would as well Give it a shot, it s very short and you ve got nothing to loose One of my all time favourite [...]


  • Persuasive,emotional and beautiful Reading this book was like getting a family pack ice cream my flavor is vanilla,by the way after eating plain bread for a month It had everything that a book needs a good story,interesting characters and beautiful writing style Abelard sounded arrogant at times with his elephant size pride and supreme conviction of his superiority Like in this sentence, So distinguished was my name, and I possessed such advantages of youth and comeliness, that no matter what wo [...]


  • This autobiography has a little about Abelard s childhood, a lot on his college years and early years as a teacher, his relationship with Heloise, and his years as a monk He wrote it when he was about 53 years old I found it irritating how he was constantly paranoid that others were out to do him harm he s just obsessed with this I think he would have been happiest if he had filled a wagon full of books and then gone to live in a nice quiet cave I liked how when he wanted to marry Heloise she di [...]


  • Peter Abelard was not well loved by his contemporaries they were afraid of his new scholastic approach to analyzing fine points of scripture they resented the brilliance and creativity of his mind they were furious at his popularity with the young students at the University in Paris Of course, his dalliance with Heloise gave them ammunition to discredit him not only did he lose his cojones he lost his position as lecturer and served out the rest of his days as abbot of a monastery That s not all [...]


  • I actually read this book online through Project Gutenberg It is a memoir telling the story of Abelard s life and adventures, with particular focus on his epic romance But, of course, this is a story which took place during the 12th century AD, adding an interesting layer of historical interest to what otherwise reads as a rather modern tale.


  • I found Abelard to be egotistical and obnoxious He has a real victim complex and really pats himself on the back for totally taking advantage of Heloise, who has a totally different version of things.


  • Too much whining and griping not enough theological reflection on suffering from a supposedly brilliant mind He s just an arrogant prick, a case study in what theologians hope not to become.


  • intellectuals and a pioneer of scholastic philosophy The book, also called Histria Calamitatum, narrates Abelard s life of challenge and threats, sad and tragic events, and the frequent attacks and persecutions against his instructions and interpretations, as a teacher, philosopher, and lover of Heloise His misfortunes included many, for example, one of his books on theology that addressed the nature of Trinity was burned by the authority Council he suffered from the envy of many rivals, includi [...]


  • Whereupon Abelard s contemporaries, namely St Anselm of Canterbury, occupy a lofty, almost supernatural status due to the primacy of their influential works, Abelard remains solidly real, relatable and worldly In this autobiography, the woes of a man of colossal stature are laid bare in intimate detail, such that they bring him closer to earth, that one may feel a sense of connection with him, for human troubles transcend the ages Within this compact work are the most moving, and harrowing accou [...]


  • This was the funniest book I ve ever read that was old The guy spends the majority of the book telling you how much better he is than everyone else, and though he acts humble on occasion, for the most part he s an incredibly intelligent jerk No wonder everyone hated him PI did feel bad for him once I realized what Heloise s uncle did to him after the baby conceived in wedlock Yeah That was awkward and sounded painful But yes this book was absolutely hilarious for the most part, and quite short I [...]


  • As a memoir, this book is middling It has its moments, but it s not truly memorable At the same time, though, it s a fascinating insight into the medieval mindset and what it meant to be a scholar in Abelard s day In my opinion, it s a completely worthwhile read solely on the strength of its interest as a historical document My only reservation is that this translation tends to be a bit lifeless.


  • Like watching video of a wreck, in slow motion, played over and over again The greatest misfortune of the logician and theologian, Pierre Abelard, was his compulsion to humiliate the rich and powerful, despite the severe penalties for doing so in 12th Century France Sadly, the legend of his love for Heloise also suffers in his retelling He seems concerned with his reputation than her welfare Would ve been better for his reputation if he d never written this short memoir.


  • Abelard is self centered and wants to blame everyone else for his problems time and time again Good thing is it is a short book Brings it from one star to two.


  • Gives a sense of life in the fundamentalist Christian world of the middle ages Parts of it very vivid and very interesting Feels self serving at points A complicated personality comes through.


  • I enjoyed reading this, but the arrogance of this man was hard to get over in some parts It was a good window into the male mind of the era.


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