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This publication offers the first-ever English translation of the criminal Narratives written by way of the seventeenth-century French mystic and Quietist, Jeanne Guyon (1648-1717). even though she used to be marginalized and overlooked by way of French historians for 2 centuries after her demise, Guyon grew to become an important determine within the improvement of transatlantic Protestant spirituality within the eighteenth century, and her writings have remained popular between English-speaking audiences. Guyon's narrative describes her confinement among 1695 and 1703 in numerous prisons, together with the scary Bastille. It additionally maps, in relocating and. Read more...
summary: This e-book provides the first-ever English translation of the legal Narratives written via the seventeenth-century French mystic and Quietist, Jeanne Guyon (1648-1717). even though she was once marginalized and neglected by way of French historians for 2 centuries after her loss of life, Guyon turned an incredible determine within the improvement of transatlantic Protestant spirituality within the eighteenth century, and her writings have remained well known between English-speaking audiences. Guyon's narrative describes her confinement among 1695 and 1703 in numerous prisons, together with the feared Bastille. It additionally maps, in relocating and
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She writes, “it being a question of my faith for which they wanted to make me suspect, it seemed important to me to let it be known at Introduction 37 the same time how I have always been far from the sentiments that they wanted to ascribe to me. I believed it to be my duty to religion, to piety, to my friends, to my family and to myself. ”76 She therefore presents her decision to write and then withhold this text as an attempt to realize competing goods: obedience to her addressee and the consolation of her friends on the one hand, and the desire to protect the privacy and reputation of her persecutors, some of whom acted in good faith or under duress, on the other.
But in the case of the Prison Narratives, there is no evidence to confirm this hypothesis. ”80 Gondal argues that Guyon’s compulsion to write this text is very typical of her need “to deliver her life, from day to day, to the fire of Justice, the incandescent lava of which burns all—she who experiences it as much as those who seek to protect it” (Gondal 19). While this is a more promising suggestion, it serves more as an explanation of why she would write the text than of why she would withhold it from publication.
For example, the letter accuses her of spending excessively on expensive food while confined in Vaugirard, but before her readers reach this accusation, Guyon has already explained her side of the story: The parish priest, who normally gave her [the nun living with Guyon] room and board, instead put the money into her hands and prohibited her to give me a cent, but told her to give me what I needed generously and to write it down. They began by making me buy game, which I do not eat at all, and many other things, so as to make people think that I lived extravagantly, and they would be able to use that later to decry me and make me out to be a sensual person.