- French philosopher and theologian; lover of Heloise (1079-1142)
- Abelard became a monk and devoted his life to learning.
- Fulbert, the canon of Notre Dame, hired Abelard to tutor his niece, Heloise.
- But Fulbert was furious, so Abelard sent Heloise to safety in a convent.
- The tragic story of Abelard and Heloise has resonated through the ages.
- Thinking that he intended to abandon Heloise, Fulbert had his servants castrate Abelard while he slept.