The Story of My Misfortunes (or: Historia Calamitatum)

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Pierre Abélard

Narrated By: Martin Geeson

Publisher: LibriVox

Date: January 2016

Duration: 2 hours 34 minutes


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." (Summary by Martin Geeson)


Story of My Misfortunes (or: Historia Calamitatum)

by Pierre Abélard

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Story of My Misfortunes (or: Historia Calamitatum), Pierre Abélard