Ronney Mourad and Dianne Guenin-Lelle

in The Prison Narratives of Jeanne Guyon

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199841127
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919536 | DOI:

Series: AAR Religions in Translation


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Guyon presents a brief prologue explaining her motives for writing the Prison Narratives. She discusses her conflict with Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, the Bishop of Meaux, which led to her arrest and imprisonment in the dungeon of Vincennes in December of 1695. She then describes lengthy interrogations conducted by Gabriel Nicholas de La Reynie, Lieutenant General of the Police in Paris, and Father Léonard Pirot, a theologian at the Sorbonne. These interrogations focused on several purportedly seditious and immoral expressions in her correspondence with François La Combe, her old friend and spiritual director. She meets Joachim Trotti de La Chétardie, a parish priest from Saint-Sulpice, whom she finds dishonest. She signs an attestation of orthodoxy that fails to satisfy her captors. Throughout these difficulties she claims spiritual contentment, except for fleeting moments when she attempts to rely on herself instead of God.

Keywords: Vincennes; Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet; Gabriel Nicholas de La Reynie; Léonard Pirot; François La Combe; Joachim Trotti de La Chétardie

Chapter.  6983 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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