|Heloise, girlfriend, he's just not that into you.|
Abélard, a 40-ish medieval French scholastic philosopher, sought a place in Fulbert's house, and then seduced 19-year-old Héloïse. The affair interfered with his career, and Abélard himself boasted of his conquest. Once Fulbert found out, they were separated, but met in secret. Héloïse became pregnant and was sent by Abélard to Brittany, where she gave birth to a son she named Astrolabe after the scientific instrument. To appease Fulbert, Abélard proposed a secret marriage in order not to mar his career prospects. Héloïse initially opposed it, but the couple married. When Fulbert publicly disclosed the marriage, and Héloïse denied it, she went to a convent at Abélard's urging. Fulbert, believing that Abélard wanted to be rid of Héloïse, had him castrated, effectively ending Abélard's career. Héloïse was forced to become a nun. Héloïse sent letters to Abélard, questioning why she must submit to a religious life for which she had no calling...Ultimately, after telling Héloïse of instances where he had abused her and forced sex, Abélard insisted he had never truly loved her, but only lusted after her, and their relationship was a sin against God. Some scholars consider Abélard was attempting to spare her feelings (or his feelings, altered from disrupted hormones) and others point to the damage of his hormones and psyche, but from this point on, their correspondence focused on professional subjects rather than their romantic history.
Sooooo, let me see if I've got this right. These lovers are famous because he was a prat and seduced a female in his own patron's home, boasted about it, had a kid, and ruined everyone's lives? What am I missing here? I fear I am going to have to take a tedious bourgeois knee on this one and abstain from comment.
P.S. That is not the Betty way. I must comment. Maybe he really loved her--who am I to judge? But we're basing the birth of medieval romantic love on a story that sounds like something you might hear on the police scanner? (But, Betty Keira, they were both super smart! Yeah....)
Sophie observes that the day looks wintery and like a Bruegel painting. Pieter Bruegel was known for his peasant scenes and landscapes. On his deathbed he reportedly ordered his wife to burn the most subversive of his drawings to protect his family from political persecution.
Not Once But Twice:
One of Christina's nurse friends is going on a date to see Private Lives a play written by Noel Coward. Coward was in the midst of an extensive Asian tour when he contracted influenza in Shanghai. He spent the better part of his two-week convalescence period sketching out the play's three acts and then completed the actual writing of the piece in only four days. The play contains one of Coward's most popular songs, "Some Day I'll Find You".