The Prison Narratives of Jeanne Guyon

ISBN : 9780199841127

Ronney Mourad; Dianne Guenin-Lelle
168 Pages
162 x 240 mm
Pub date
Jan 2012
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Ronney Mourad and Dianne Guenin-Lelle provide here the first English translation of the Prison Narratives written by the seventeenth-century French mystic and Quietist, Jeanne Guyon (1648-1717). Guyon was a fascinating figure in the court of Louis XIV and, although she was marginalized and ignored by French historians for two centuries after her death, she became a major figure in the development of transatlantic Protestant spirituality in the eighteenth century. Guyon's narrative describes her confinement between 1695 and 1703 in various prisons, including the dreaded Bastille. It also maps, in moving and unforgettable detail, the political and religious hegemony that sought to destroy her reputation and erase her from history. Guyon kept the text private and it remained undiscovered for almost three centuries until an archival version was found and published in 1992 under the title Recits de Captivite (Prison Narratives). This translation is not only the first to appear in English, but opens with a comprehensive introduction that represents the most detailed examination of the Prison Narratives presently available in English or French.


The Prison Narratives
Chapter 1: Vincennes
Chapter 2: Vaugirard
Chapter 3: Missing Evidence
Chapter 4: The Confessor
Chapter 5: The False Letter
Chapter 6: The Bastille
Chapter 7: The Abyss
Chapter 8: Deliverance

About the author: 

RM: Associate Professor of Religion, Albion College; DG-L: Professor of French, Albion College

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