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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
Religions 2012, 3(4), 1140-1143;
Received: 26 October 2012 / Revised: 4 November 2012 / Accepted: 7 November 2012 / Published: 10 December 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Charisma, Medieval and Modern)
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: disciples; fame; pride; public; students disciples; fame; pride; public; students
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