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Constant J. Mews

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195156881

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195156889.001.0001

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Accusations of Heresy

Accusations of Heresy

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Abelard and Heloise

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Accusations of heresy. This chapter considers accusations of heresy made against Abelard by William of St Thierry and Bernard of Clairvaux in 1140/41. It considers how Abelard sought to respond to accusations that he was imprecise in his arguments by refining the text of the Theologia ‘Scholarium’. He felt that these accusations were based on an inaccurate understanding of his arguments. It examines the opinions of Abelard’s contemporaries and the polarized political circumstances that led up to the confrontation between Bernard and Abelard at the Council of Sens in 1141.

Keywords:   Abelard, Bernard of Clairvaux, accusations, heresy, Council of Sens

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