Abelard og Heloise: En kærlighedshistorie om positioner

Katja Ottosson, Katrine Damberg, Line Tingrupp Tresselt, Laika Marie Frandsen Andersen & Casper Albæk Nørgaard

Studenteropgave: Kandidatprojekt


This history project evolves around an examination of the medieval letters shared between Heloise and Abelard – two unique lovers of 12th century France. Through letter correspondences, which the pair shared in two very different periods of their lives, the project seeks to enlighten how through rhetorical practice in the letters they tried to formulate their identities and positions in relation to one another, and, not least, how they in the social arena tried to create a space for their twosome love. The source material of the project is two very different letter correspondences: One is a well-known letter exchange shared between the two as abbot and abbess in their later life. The other is the so called “lost love letters”, which were shared between the two much earlier in their lives, while Abelard was the teacher of Heloise and the love and desire between the two arose. The project concludes that during the correspondences Abelard and Heloise negotiates their positions in the different spaces they act in. More elaborately it shows how Abelard and Heloise stage themselves as individuals – and that they do it in ambivalent and different ways depending on the surroundings.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato18 dec. 2017
Antal sider68
VejledereMia Münster-Swendsen


  • Abelard
  • Heloise
  • positionering
  • brevkorrespondancer
  • middelalder
  • kærlighedsbreve