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The Story of My Misfortunes

Peter Abelard (1079-1142)

1. 01 – Foreword, Chapters I-V
2. 02 – Chapters VI, VII
3. 03 – Chapters VIII, IX
4. 04 – Chapters X-XII
5. 05 – Chapters XIII-XV

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Autobiographies from remote historical periods can be especially fascinating. Modes of self-presentation vary greatly across the centuries, as of course does the very concept of Self.Peter Abelard, the medieval philosopher and composer, here gives a concise but vivid survey of his notoriously calamitous life. The work is couched in the form of a letter to an afflicted friend. Abelard’s abrasively competitive, often arrogant personality emerges at once in the brief Foreword, where he informs his correspondent: “(I)n comparing your sorrows with mine, you may discover that yours are in truth nought.. and so shall you come to bear them the more easily.”