In 2014 I was lucky enough to be awarded one of New Zealand’s premier literary honours, the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship, which enabled me to spend five and a half months in the south of France researching the life of 12th century Benedictine nun Heloise d’Argenteuil… Mandy Hager
Mandy Hager’s latest
Heloise and Aberlard are legendary lovers who lived in medieval France. Mandy’s historical novel for adults Heloise was officially launches at Unity Books a couple of weeks ago. However, as she is a local resident, the Friends of the Library were keen to have a separate Kapiti launch.
This will take place
On Wednesday 31 May at7pm
in the Paraparaumu Library meeting room
Publicity on the book
Heloise is a determined young woman with an exceptional mind, longing to pursue learning rather than marriage or life as a cloistered nun.
Her path inevitably crosses with Peter Abelard, the celebrity philosopher, theologian and master at Paris’ famed Cathedral School.
Based on meticulous up-to-date research and the pair’s own writings, this novel offers a plausible interpretation of the known facts and a vivid imagining of the gaps in this legendary story.
It shines a light on a changing world whose attitudes and politics are not so very different from our own.
A bumper week for Kapiti book lovers
As well as Mandy’s launch on the Wednesday, there is also Murder in the Library on Monday evening. (Scroll down to May 25.)