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The cloister : a novel

Author: James Carroll
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First EditionView all editions and formats
Summary:
A priest and a Holocaust survivor find their perspectives and senses of identity reshaped by their shared investigation into the classic romance between discredited religious scholar Peter Abelard and his intellectual paramour, Héloïse.
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Genre/Form: Biographical fiction
Fiction
Historical fiction
Novels
Named Person: Héloïse; Peter Abelard; Peter Abelard; Héloïse
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Carroll
ISBN: 9780385541275 0385541279
OCLC Number: 986523655
Description: 364 pages ; 25 cm
Responsibility: James Carroll.

Abstract:

A priest and a Holocaust survivor find their perspectives and senses of identity reshaped by their shared investigation into the classic romance between discredited religious scholar Peter Abelard and his intellectual paramour, Héloïse.

After Father Michael Kavanagh sees a friend from his seminary days at the altar of his humble Inwood community parish, he wanders into the medieval haven of The Cloisters. In conversation with museum guide Rachel Vedette, he finds she retreated to the quiet of The Cloisters after her harrowing experience as a Jewish woman in France during the Holocaust. She shares with Kavanagh her late father's greatest intellectual work: a study demonstrating the relationship between the famously discredited monk Peter Abelard and Jewish scholars-- and the romance between Abelard and his intellectual equal Héloïse.

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