Peter Abelard

Peter Abelard
Short Name: Peter Abelard
Full Name: Abelard, Peter, 1079-1142
Birth Year: 1079
Death Year: 1142

Abelard, Peter, born at Pailais, in Brittany, 1079. Designed for the military profession, he followed those of philosophy and theology. His life was one of strange chances and changes, brought about mainly through his love for Heloise, the niece of one Fulbert, a Canon of the Cathedral of Paris, and by his rationalistic views. Although a priest, he married Heloise privately. He was condemned for heresy by the Council of Soissons, 1121, and again by that of Sens, 1140; died at St. Marcel, near Chalons-sur-Saoae, April 21, 1142. For a long time, although his poetry had been referred to both by himself and by Heloise, little of any moment was known except the Advent hymn, Mittit ad Virginem, (q.v.). In 1838 Greith published in his Spicihgium Vaticanum, pp. 123-131, six poems which had been discovered in the Vatican. Later on, ninety-seven hymns were found in the Royal Library at Brussels, and pub. in the complete edition of Abelard's works, by Cousin, Petri Abelardi Opp., Paris, 1849. In that work is one of his best-known hymns, Tuba Domini, Paule, maxima (q.v.). Trench in his Sacra Latina Poetry, 1864, gives his Ornarunt terram germina (one of a series of poems on the successive days' work of the Creation), from Du Meril's Poesies Popul. Lat. du Moyen Age, 1847, p. 444.

-John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Wikipedia Biography

Peter Abelard (/ˈæbəlɑːrd/; French: Pierre Abélard; Latin: Petrus Abaelardus or Abailardus; c. 1079 – 21 April 1142) was a medieval French scholastic philosopher, leading logician, theologian, poet, composer and musician. In philosophy he is celebrated for his logical solution to the problem of universals via nominalism and conceptualism and his pioneering of intent in ethics. Often referred to as the “Descartes of the twelfth century”, he is considered a forerunner of Rousseau, Kant, and Spinoza. He is sometimes credited as a chief forerunner of modern empiricism.

Texts by Peter Abelard (10)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
Alone thou goest forth, O LordPeter Abelard (Author)English23
How great, how beautiful that Sabbath restPeter Abelard (Author)2
O quanta qualia sunt illa sabbataPeter Abelard (1079-1142) (Author)Latin6
O what shall be o when shall bePeter Abelard (Author)3
O what their joy and their glory must bePeter Abelard (Author)English100
¡Oh, cuánto gozo tenrán y alegríaPeter Abelard (Author)Spanish3
On earth a while mid sufferingPeter Abelard (Author)2
This is the night, dear friends, the night for weepingPeter Abelard (Author)7
Truly, he comes to us: darkness is endedPeter Abelard (1079-1142) (Author)2
With many a flower the earthPeter Abelard (Author)2

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