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The Prison Narratives of Jeanne Guyon
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The Prison Narratives of Jeanne Guyon

Ronney Mourad and Dianne Guenin-Lelle


This book presents the first-ever English translation of the Prison Narratives written by the seventeenth-century French mystic and Quietist, Jeanne Guyon (1648-1717). 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. It therefore remained undiscovered for almost three centuries until an archival version was found and published in 1992 under the ti ... More

Keywords: Jeanne Guyon, autobiography, Quietism, prison, Mysticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199841127
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841127.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ronney Mourad, author
Albion College

Dianne Guenin-Lelle, author
Albion College