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Guyon, Jeanne Marie Bouvier de la Motte

Guyon, Jeanne Marie Bouvier de la Motte zhän märē´ bo͞ovyā´ də lä môt güēyôN´ [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).

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