By Ronney Mourad, Dianne Guenin-Lelle
This booklet offers the first-ever English translation of the criminal Narratives written through the seventeenth-century French mystic and Quietist, Jeanne Guyon (1648-1717). even if she was once marginalized and missed by way of French historians for 2 centuries after her dying, Guyon grew to become an immense 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 quite a few prisons, together with the feared Bastille. It additionally maps, in relocating and. Read more...
summary: This e-book offers the first-ever English translation of the felony Narratives written by way of the seventeenth-century French mystic and Quietist, Jeanne Guyon (1648-1717). even if she was once marginalized and missed by means of French historians for 2 centuries after her loss of life, Guyon grew to become an important 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 a variety of prisons, together with the feared Bastille. It additionally maps, in relocating and
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Her experiences of public humiliation, physical suffering, and confinement allow her to adhere all the more closely to the victim-state of Christ crucified. In doing so, she participates more fully in the mystical transformation to new life made possible by the death and resurrection of Jesus. The opening and closing paragraphs of the text emphasize this self-sacrificial narrative. ” Guyon’s presentation of the meaning of her prison experiences is therefore fairly one-dimensional with respect to her own spiritual growth.
The attacks against 42 i n t ro d u c t i o n Guyon, spread in the papers and by rumor, did not present her primarily as a doctrinal or political threat, but instead as a ridiculous figure. While claiming great spiritual elevation and sanctity, these attacks suggested, Guyon spent her money recklessly in pursuit of frivolous entertainments and sensual pleasures. She (and by extension Fénelon and other mystics in her circle) were hypocrites—Tartuffes. By presenting her version of events first, and in great detail, she shows the intentional deceptions used to make such slander seem plausible.
But I who have only erred concerning a few terms, according to Monsieur de Meaux himself, which do not relate to theology in the strict sense, with my not being a theologian, and only concern the matter of contemplative prayer, about which others than I have written more strongly, why should I be put in prison, I who have always submitted with all my heart? Why torment me for nearly twenty years for the same thing, when, even without requiring so many submissions and admissions of error from me, I might have abjured to protest my commitment to the church?