American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Abelard, Peter or Pierre 1079-1142. French theologian, philosopher, and composer whose nominalist application of the principles of ancient Greek logic to the doctrines of the medieval Catholic Church led to charges of heresy. He had a love affair with his pupil Héloise, whom he secretly married after she bore him a child; her family was angered and had him castrated, after which he became a monk.
- n. rare A male given name.
- n. French philosopher and theologian; lover of Heloise (1079-1142)
- An extension of the French name Abel with an Germanic suffix -(h)ard. The name is also regard as a variant of Germanic Eberhard "boar" + "hard", cognate to English Everett. (Wiktionary)
“PETER ABELARD.1079-1142 A.D. How easily a university might grow up about the personality of some eminent teacher is shown by the career of Abelard.”
“In the 12th century, writers such as Abelard and Alan of Lille composed dialogues, allegories, axiomatic works, disputations, and summae, but the next two centuries were dominated by the forms of commentary on Peter Lombard's Sentences, various forms of the disputed question, and the summa.”
“However the name may have arisen, the famous scholar certainly adopted it very early in his career, and it went over into the vernacular as "Abelard" or "Abailard," though with a multiplicity of variations (in Villon's famous poem, for example, it appears as "Esbaillart").”
“He could have understood her; he would have been to her a friend, such as Abelard never could.”
“Madeleine E. Robins on Where Does "Abelard" Come From?”
“My three recommendations (all repeats of what others have said) are the Musee Cluny (the medieval museum), Pere Lachaise Cemetary (Abelard and Heloise's grave is the best), and the Catacombs.”
“Really express yourself out and pour your guts into it, like Abelard and Heloise.”
“I'm not advocating that Haggard do an Abelard or that anyone do to him what was done to Abelard.”
“After his affair and secret marriage to his lovely and intelligent student aroused the ire of her uncle, who had him castrated, Abelard moved to the Abbey of Saint-Denis, where he sought to lead the life of a monk.”
“Carpers might object that Abelard, one of the most outspoken and controversial thinkers of his day, wasn't able to stay quiet, but was soon found out and began irritating people like Bernard of Clairvaux with his innovative inquiries once more.”
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