Guyon, Jeanne Marie Bouvier de la Motte
Guyon, Jeanne Marie Bouvier de la Motte(zhän märē` bo͞ovyā` də lä môt güēyôN`), 1648–1717, French mystic and author of writings dealing largely with quietismquietism,
a heretical form of religious mysticism founded by Miguel de Molinos, a 17th-century Spanish priest. Molinism, or quietism, developed within the Roman Catholic Church in Spain and spread especially to France, where its most influential exponent was Madame Guyon.
..... Click the link for more information. . Confined by the government (1688) in a convent because of her heretical opinions and her correspondence with Miguel de MolinosMolinos, Miguel de
, 1640–1697?, Spanish priest and mystic. He was the founder of quietism, which he adhered to in its most extreme form. From 1669 he lived principally at Rome.
..... Click the link for more information. , she was released through the efforts of Mme de Maintenon. François FénelonFénelon, François de Salignac de la Mothe
, 1651–1715, French theologian and writer, a leader of the quietism heresy, archbishop of Cambrai. As tutor to the duke of Burgundy, he wrote Télémaque
..... Click the link for more information. , who became her disciple, defended her in a famous controversy with BossuetBossuet, Jacques Bénigne
, 1627–1704, French prelate, one of the greatest orators in French history. At an early age he was made a canon at Metz; he became bishop of Condom and was (1670–81) tutor to the dauphin (father of Louis XV), for whom he wrote his
..... Click the link for more information. . 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).