Thursday, June 3, 2010

I guess that I just don't know

Eight hundred and seventy years ago, on June 3rd 1140, Peter Abelard, "the keenest thinker and boldest theologian of the 12th Century" was found guilty of heresy. Neither the specifics of his heresy or the vast bulk of his work have caused timeless interest. His love for Heloise, however, overshadows the rest of his life.

If not for the young, fiercely intelligent, and purportedly comely student of his; Peter would just be another annoying monk. Heloise gave birth to a son, the product of their affair, and named him Astrolabe. The Astrolabe is an instrument used to determine the position of the sun, moon, planets, and stars. Abelard was castrated to end his affair with Heloise.

Peter Abelard’s last words were “I don’t know

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