Name: Abelard, Pierre "Introductio ad Theologiam" & other works

Date:  1000 - 1499

Location:  Europe



Artist: Abelard, Pierre (1079-1142)

Confronting Bodies: The Church

Date of Action: 1120

Specific Location: France

Description of Artwork: "Introductio ad Theologiam," 1120: dialectical analysis of the mystery of God and the Trinity. "Lettres d'Heloi et Abelard":collection of love letters and religious correspondence between Heloise and Abelard.

Description of Incident: 1120, in France-Soissons: A provincial synod charged Abelard with religious heresy.

Results of Incident: 1120, Soissons, France: Abelard was forced to burn his "Introductio ad Theologiam and was imprisoned in the convent of St-Medard. 1140, Rome, Italy: All works banned by the Council at Sens and ordered burned by Pope Innocent III. St-Benard called Abelard "an infernal dragon and the precursor of the Anti-Christ." 1559 and 1564: "All writing placed on the "Index." 1930 U.S. : Custom ban lifted on "Love Letters."

Source: Banned Books 387 B.C. to 1978 A.D., by Anne Lyon Haight, and Chandler B. Grannis, R.R. Bowker Co, 1978.

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