Abelard: Celebrity and Charisma—A Response to Dickson

Journal Title: Religions - Year 2012, Vol 3, Issue 4


One might think that Peter Abelard (1079?–1144?) would be the best example of a medieval charismatic teacher. But his rival and prosecutor St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090?–1153) fits the criteria rather better. Unlike Bernard, Abelard denied that he had sought out disciples. Nevertheless, he can be shown to have had student followers, even though some of them repudiated him. Abelard is most important as a public intellectual who depended on public institutions (the incipient university of Paris) rather than on private or monastic patronage.

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Michael Clanchy


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  • EP ID EP25290
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/rel3041140
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Michael Clanchy (2012). Abelard: Celebrity and Charisma—A Response to Dickson. Religions, 3(4), -. https://europub.co.uk/articles/-A-25290