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The Story of My Misfortunes (or: Historia Calamitatum)

Pierre Abélard

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Description:

Autobiographies from remote historical periods can be especially fascinating.Modes of self-presentation vary greatly across the centuries, as of course doesthe very concept of Self. Peter Abelard, the medieval philosopher and composer, here gives a concisebut vivid survey of his notoriously calamitous life. The work is couched in theform of a letter to an afflicted friend. Abelard's abrasively competitive, oftenarrogant personality emerges at once in the brief Foreword, where he informs hiscorrespondent: "(I)n comparing your sorrows with mine, you may discover thatyours are in truth nought.. and so shall you come to bear them the more easily."(Summary by Martin Geeson)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

2h 34m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

28:31


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

29:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

25:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

34:02


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

37:02