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Héloïse, lover of Peter Abelard (1079-1142), French intellectual.

Abelard, the thirty-eight-year-old lecturer at Notre Dame, fell in love with his seventeen-year-old pupil Héloïse. When her uncle discovered their illicit affair, he had Abelard castrated and forced his niece into a convent. Their correspondence survives, and has inspired a number of poems, including Pope's "Eloisa to Abelard."