Stealing Heaven Heloise and Abelard


The movie STEALING HEAVEN tells the tale of one of the greatest, true star-crossed lovers story next to the fictional Romeo and Juliet.
Peter (Pierre) Abelard, was a reknowned 12th century scholar, lecturer and poet. He broke his vows of celibacy and fell in love with Heloise, a smart, vivacious, challenging and highly educated (unusual for the time) 16-year-old who comes to Paris to live with her Uncle Fulbert.

During the course of their intimate relationship, Abelard and Heloise have a child out of wedlock. Abelard is in turmoil with himself for going against God and yet he loves Heloise so much that he cannot stop himself. After they secretly marry, Fulbert (Heloise's uncle) seeks his revenge against Abelard for ruining the possibilities of marrying Heloise off to a rich husband. If you have not seen the movie nor know of the tale already, I won't spoil it for you. If you would like to read more about the story, I highly recommend reading the translation of one of Abelard's writings that is as close to an autobiography as you can get. It is called Historia Calamitatum - The Story of My Misfortunes.

Tomb of Abelard and HeloiseHeloise (1101-1162) and Pierre Abelard (1079-1142) are buried together for eternity, in the Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, France.



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