|Directed by||Clive Donner|
|Produced by||Andros Epaminondas
|Written by||Marion Meade (historical novel)
Chris Bryant, screenplay
|Starring||Derek de Lint
|115 min. (Director's Cut)|
Stealing Heaven is a 1988 film, a costume drama based on the French 12th century medieval romance (a true story) of Peter Abelard and Héloïse and on a historical novel by Marion Meade. It was directed by Clive Donner.
Abelard is a famous teacher of philosophy at the cathedral school of Notre Dame, and a champion of reason, at a time when academics are required to observe chastity. He falls in love with one of his students, Héloïse d'Argenteuil, a sixteen-year-old gentlewoman raised in a convent, who has both intellectual curiosity and a rebellious view of the low status of women in 12th century Europe. When the relationship is suspected, Heloise's uncle Fulbert, who had other plans for her marriage, works with the bishop of Paris to put a stop to it. Nevertheless, Abelard and Heloise have a child together and later are secretly married. Abelard faces a struggle with himself for acting against the will of God and yet loves Heloise too. Her uncle takes a terrible revenge on Abelard for ruining Heloise's chance of a rich husband.
- Andros Epaminondas, Producer
- Susan George, Executive Producer
- Simon MacCorkindale, Producer
- Clive Donner, Director
- Chris Bryant, Screenplay
- Marion Meade, novel