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Interrogation of Soeur Jacqueline De Sainte Euphémie (Pascal), Subprioress and Novice Mistress

in A Rule for Children and Other Writings

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780226648316
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226648347 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226648347.003.0006
Interrogation of Soeur Jacqueline De Sainte Euphémie (Pascal), Subprioress and Novice Mistress

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The ecclesiastical interrogation of the Port–Royal nuns took place in two sessions in the summer of 1661: June 26–29, under the direction of Monsieur Louis Bail alone, and July 11–26, under the joint direction of Monsieur Bail and Monsieur Jean–Baptiste de Contes. Monsieur Bail, imposed by Louis XIV as the new superintendent of the convent, was clearly hostile to Jansenism, while Monsieur de Contes, a grand vicar of the archdiocese of Paris, had previously shown some sympathy toward the Jansenists. The interrogation of Jacqueline Pascal recorded in this transcript probably occurred during the June inquest conducted by Monsieur Bail alone. The clear purpose of the inquest was to investigate the charges of heresy against the Port–Royal nuns.

Keywords: Port–Royal nuns; inquest; Monsieur Bail; Monsieur Jean–Baptiste de Contes; Jansenism; heresy

Chapter.  1253 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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