Peter Abelard was a medieval French scholar, philosopher, theologian, and teacher. Born into a noble family, Abelard was able to pursue a comprehensive education. As his father, a respected knight, requested, Abelard focused on a liberal arts education, and eventually set up his own school near Paris. He was a respected scholar in his time, and was well-known for his philosophy. Heloise was a French writer, scholar, and abbess in the 12th century. She well-known for her intelligence, including her multi-linguicism, and her love affair with Peter Abelard. Heloise is now considered to be an important part of French literary history, revered for her early representation of feminist values.