Farewell, My Only One by Antoine Audouard
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A bestseller and nominated for the prestigious Goncourt Prize in France, Farewell, My Only One brings to life one of the great romances of all time and evokes the vibrant color and tumult of the Middle Ages.
In the early twelfth century, William reaches Paris full of hope and without a penny. There, on the same day, he meets the two people who will dominate his life: young Heloise, with whom he immediately falls in love, and Abelard, the world-renowned philosopher. Through the eyes of William, we follow every turn in the greatest love story of the Middle Ages. We witness, in harrowing and lush descriptions, the scandal of the famous theologian falling for his educated and charming student; their flight and secret marriage; the barbaric revenge of the girl?¦s uncle; their years of separation; the writing of the famous letters; and finally the demise of a broken Abelard, whose books have been burned, a man who finds his ultimate solace in the thought of the woman who has never ceased to love him.
Antoine Audouard brings literary grace to a story that is palpably infused with sensuality, conflict, and intellectual ferment. Farewell, My Only One is intelligent and bawdy, philosophical and romantic ?X a universal story of star-crossed lovers.

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Antoine Audouard was born in 1956. He spent six years as publishing director of Laffont-Fixot, in France, leaving to devote himself to writing. Farewell, My Only One is his first novel translated into English. Euan Cameron is Henry Luce III Professor of Reformation Church History at the Union Theological Seminary, New York, and was previously Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He has published extensively on European history in the age of the Reformation, includingThe European Reformation and, as editor, Early Modern Europe: An Oxford History, both published by Oxford University Press.
Published July 20, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 341 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Over the succeeding years, repressing his yearnings, William becomes Abelard’s devoted disciple and a pained witness to the great teacher’s passionate appropriation of the willing Heloise, herself possessed of an intellect as powerful and hungry as is the romantic desire Abelard stirs in her.

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