‘Melvyn Bragg’s account of the passionate and painful love affair between the 12th century radical theologian Peter Abelard and the brilliant young convent-educated Eloise springs magnificently to life . . . Thrilling.’ Piers Plowright Tablet Within the Cloisters of Notre-Dame a charismatic philosopher and a young woman renowned for her scholarship embark on an ardent secret affair. It will send shockwaves through Paris incur savage retribution and lead to years of separation though nothing will break the bond between them. Bringing the true story of Heloise and Abelard to vivid life this engrossing novel conveys the powerful emotions and beliefs that drove them. It captures a couple who defied the conventions and religious orthodoxies of their times with striking audacity and illuminates why their extraordinary tale still resonates today.