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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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