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Jeanne Marie Bouvier de la Motte Guyon

Guyon, Jeanne Marie Bouvier de la Motte (zhän märēˈ bōvyāˈ də lä môt güēyôNˈ) [key], 1648–1717, French mystic and author of writings dealing largely with quietism. Confined by the government (1688) in a convent because of her heretical opinions and her correspondence with Miguel de Molinos, she was released through the efforts of Mme de Maintenon. François Fénelon, who became her disciple, defended her in a famous controversy with Bossuet. She was later condemned and imprisoned (1695–1702) in the Bastille. Her collected works appeared (1767–91) in 40 volumes.

See her autobiography (tr. 1897).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.


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