Missing Evidence

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

Missing Evidence

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Guyon presents herself as a pawn in a public conflict—the Quietist Affair—taking place between Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet and François Fénelon about the legitimacy of mystical prayer. She insists that this conflict, rather than any evidence against her, is the reason for her imprisonment. She requests a trial at the Parliament of Paris, but her request is ignored. Her captors serve her poisoned wine that makes her ill. She refuses to sign a pastoral instruction from the Archbishop of Paris, Louis-Antoine de Noailles, which imputed several heretical opinions to her. She rebuts several charges published against her in a biography of the Bishop of Geneva. Written by the bishop's colleague Innocent Le Masson, the book had insinuated that she committed sexual transgressions with her spiritual director, François La Combe.

Keywords: Quietist Affair; Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet; François Fénelon; Louis-Antoine de Noailles; Innocent Le Masson; François La Combe

Chapter.  5572 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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