Heloise d’Argenteuil

“It would be dearer and more honorable to me to be called your whore.” Said to be the most educated woman in early 12th century Europe, her scandalous love affair with the philosopher Abelard ended in tragedy and was immortalized in their letter exchange decades later.

A depiction of Peter Abelard and Héloïse as a nun at the convent of Argenteuil.