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