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Accusations of Heresy

The death of Louis VI on August 1, 1137, marked the end of an era. Abelard's rise to prominence as a teacher had coincided with the reign of a monarch who had acceded to the throne in 1108. Abelard had then benefited from the support of Stephen of Garlande, royal chancellor, archdeacon of Paris, and dean of the Abbey of Ste.-Geneviève. With the accession to the throne of Louis VII, then just seventeen years old and a protégé of Suger of St.-Denis, and the retirement from court of Stephen of Garlande, Abelard's position became more vulnerable. The young Louis had been anointed as heir apparent at Reims by none other than Pope Innocent II after the accidental death of the original heir apparent, Philip. Suger himself had supervised the negotiations that led to the marriage of the young Louis with Eleanor, daughter of the Duke of Aquitaine, thus bringing into the French kingdom a vast region with its own language and distinct cultural identity.1 There was an expectation among abbots such as William of St.-Thierry and Bernard of Clairvaux that the values of reformed monasticism would be given new authority and influence within the Church, after decades of schism and internal conflict. They hoped that order would be imposed both on the Church and on educational institutions within the kingdom. Above all, Suger worked hard to promote St.-Denis as the leading abbey of the realm. He started writing an account of the life of Louis VI for the benefit of the young king in which he marginalized the contribution of Stephen of Garlande toward shaping the Capetian kingdom. Having acquired the Abbey of Argenteuil

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  • Great Medieval Thinkers ii
  • Abelard and Heloise iii
  • Series Foreword v
  • Contents xi
  • Abbreviations xiii
  • Introduction 3
  • 1: Images of Abelard and Heloise 7
  • 2: The Early Years Roscelin of Compiègne and William of Champeaux 21
  • 3: Challenging Tradition the Dialectica 43
  • 4: Heloise and Discussion About Love 58
  • 5: Returning to Logica 81
  • 6: The Trinity 101
  • 7: A Christian Theologia 123
  • 8: Heloise and the Paraclete 145
  • 9: Ethics, Sin, and Redemption 174
  • 10: Faith, Sacraments, and Charity 204
  • 11: Accusations of Heresy 226
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