One famous and tragic love story from medieval times captured the imagination of people in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The story involved Peter Abelard who was a medieval French scholastic philosopher, theologian and preeminent logician and Heloise d’Argenteuil, a French nun, writer, scholar, and abbess.
Abelard has been described as a fascinating man who was twenty years older than Heloise. Yet, when he met Heloise, he was intrigued by her wit, intelligence, and remarkable knowledge of classical letters in Greek, Latin, and Hebrew.
Heloise was under the care of her uncle named Fulbert, and because of Abelard’s interest in Heloise, Abelard obtained work at her uncle’s house in 1115 or 1116. Abelard then pursued Heloise and did so to the point it interfered with his career and ended his celibacy. Moreover, once Fulbert found out about Abelard’s interest in his niece, he separated the pair, but their relationship was so intense and passionate, they could not resist one another and continued to met in secret. Continue reading →
You may think wedding crashing didn’t originate until the twenty-first century, but I found this story from 1826 about a Parisian wedding crasher. Among the wedding guests was a “gentleman dressed in black, whose countenance and manner displayed a kind of affected affability, which was not, however, obtrusive or disagreeable.” Upon entering the church the gentleman offered his hand to the venerable grand-aunt of the bride, who was immediately charmed by the gentleman’s politeness.
After the wedding, a celebratory feast was held in a well-known tavern, and guests were transported by carriage. On entering the carriages to repair to the feast, the gentleman suddenly reappeared. Once again bestowed his attentions on the bride’s grand-aunt helping her into the carriage. Then, at the feast, the gentleman seated himself next to her and stayed by her side during the entire banquet. Continue reading →
Lunéville, France, is a commune in the Meurthe-et-Moselle department in France and is situated on the Meurthe River. In Lunéville, a 25-year-old man belonging to the 2nd regiment of dragoons, named Louis Darbois, fell for a Mademoiselle Marie-Catherine Bermin in 1830. Unfortunately, 19-year-old Bermin did not fall for Darbois, and she decided to leave France and live in Vienna, the place of her father’s birth.
Darbois did not want her to go. He tried everything to deter her from leaving, but his efforts were “in vain.” The more Darbois thought about Catherine leaving, the more desperate he became until he was at last so distraught he avoided his companions and “his imagination became disturbed.” Continue reading →