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Abelard: Celebrity and Charisma—A Response to Dickson
Institute of Historical Research, University of London, 54 Stratford Street, Oxford, OX4 1SW, UK
Received: 26 October 2012; in revised form: 4 November 2012 / Accepted: 7 November 2012 / Published: 10 December 2012
Abstract: 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.
Keywords: disciples; fame; pride; public; students
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Clanchy, M. Abelard: Celebrity and Charisma—A Response to Dickson. Religions 2012, 3, 1140-1143.
Clanchy M. Abelard: Celebrity and Charisma—A Response to Dickson. Religions. 2012; 3(4):1140-1143.
Clanchy, Michael. 2012. "Abelard: Celebrity and Charisma—A Response to Dickson." Religions 3, no. 4: 1140-1143.