The False Letter

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

The False Letter

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Louis-Antoine de Noailles, the Archbishop of Paris, tries to persuade Guyon with arguments and threats to confess to having had a sexual relationship with her old friend and spiritual director, François La Combe, but she refuses. Noailles shows her a letter supposedly written by La Combe in which he confesses that his relationship with Guyon was sinful. She argues that the letter was forged. If La Combe had written it, she adds, he could only have done so as a result of coercion or madness. She reflects on her enemies’ efforts to discredit her and François Fénelon by association by circulating this letter and other lies about her. Her captors use this pretext to send her to the Bastille after first separating her from her two faithful servants.

Keywords: Louis-Antoine de Noailles; François La Combe; François Fénelon; Bastille

Chapter.  4578 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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