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An Introduction to the Letter of Caesaria of Arles to Radegund of Poitiers, by Hope Williard

Dr. Hope Williard, University of Lincoln

Readings and Resources (freely available online)

Discussion Questions

  • What were the possibilities and limitations of monastic life for early medieval women?
  • What might this letter tell us about Merovingian women’s literacy?
  • What is asceticism? How is it depicted in this letter?

Bibliography (available as e-books through library subscriptions)

  • Angelo Di Berardino, ed. Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity (Downers’ Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 1994-2013), pp. 1:407 (biography of Caesaria) and 3:374 (biography of Radegund).
  • Jo Ann McNarama and John E. Halborg, with E. Gordon Whately, Sainted Women of the Dark Ages (Durham: Duke University Press, 1992), pp. 112-8.

Further Reading (available online through library subscriptions)

  • Magdalena Elizabeth Carrasco, “Spirituality in Context: The Romanesque Illustrated Life of St. Radegund of Poitiers (Poitiers, Bibl. Mun., MS 250).” The Art Bulletin 72: 3 (1990), pp. 414–435. 
  • Jennifer C. Edwards, Superior Women: Medieval Female Authority in Poiters’ Abbey of Sainte-Croix (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019), pp. 25-59.

To Cite This Page

Williard, Hope, “An Introduction to the Letter of Caesaria of Arles to Radegund of Poitiers,” Middle Ages for Educators, May 8, 2020. Accessed[date]. http://middleagesforeducators.com/uncategorized/an-introduction-to-the-letter-of-caesaria-of-arles-to-radegund-of-poitiers,-by-hope-williard/

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Heloise, by Sara McDougall

Sara McDougall John Jay College and CUNY Graduate Center

A translated version of the letter can be found here. See also the Epistolae website for the text of the original letter.

Further Reading:

Griffiths, Fiona J. “‘Men’s Duty to Provide for Women’s Needs’: Abelard, Heloise, and Their Negotiation of the Cura Monialium.” Journal of Medieval History, vol. 30, no. 1, Mar.
2004, pp. 1–24.

Luscombe, David and Betty Radice eds. and trans. The Letter Collection of Peter Abelard and Heloise. First edition, Clarendon Press, 2013.

McNamer, Elizabeth Mary. The Education of Heloise: Methods, Content, and Purpose of Learning in the Twelfth Century. E. Mellen Press, 1991.

Mews, C. J., and Neville Chiavaroli. The Lost Love Letters of Heloise and Abelard: Perceptions of Dialogue in Twelfth-Century France. 1st ed, St. Martin’s Press, 1999.

Morton, Vera and Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, trans. Guidance for Women in Twelfth-Century Convents, Boydell & Brewer, 2003.

Seale, Yvonne, “Teaching Abélard and Héloïse,” Making Women Matter, One Medieval Manuscript at a Time, November 25, 2018, https://yvonneseale.org/blog/2018/11/25/teaching-abelard-and-heloise/


Podcast:

Abelard and Heloise, by Melvyn Bragg

To Cite this Page

McDougall, Sara. “Abelard and Heloise” Middle Ages for Educators, April 1, 2020. Accessed [date], http://middleagesforeducators.com/videos/abelard-and-heloise/