Celebrated for his youthful brilliance, Abelard had set up his own school of philosophy in Paris by the time he was twenty. In Paris he fell in love with Heloise, already well known in her teens for her learning in Latin, Greek and Hebrew. When she became pregnant, her uncle, who was her guardian, led a party of men who attacked and castrated Abelard.
The lovers lived out their lives as monk and nun in separate establishments, althugh Abelard did see Heloise as a spiritual advisor for some years. When he died, his remains were given into her care, and she was buried with him at her death.