Stealing Heaven

Stealing Heaven is a 1988 film directed by Clive Donner and starring Derek de Lint, Kim Thomson and Denholm Elliott. It is 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. This was Donner's final theatrical film, before his death on 7 September 2010.

Stealing Heaven
Original movie poster
Directed byClive Donner
Produced byAndros Epaminondas
Simon MacCorkindale
Susan George
Written byMarion Meade (historical novel)
Chris Bryant, screenplay
StarringDerek de Lint
Kim Thomson
Denholm Elliott
Music byNick Bicât
Distributed byJ. Arthur Rank Film Distributors
Release date
  • 1988 (1988) (UK)
Running time
115 min. (Director's Cut)
CountryUnited Kingdom


Peter 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.[1] 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.[2]



See also


  1. Stealing Heaven at
  2. Stealing Heaven, the Story at
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