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Jacqueline Pascal's A rule for children and other writings PDF

By Jacqueline Pascal

Jacqueline Pascal (1625-1661) used to be the sister of Blaise Pascal and a nun on the Jansenist Port-Royal convent in France. She was once additionally a prolific author who argued for the non secular rights of ladies and definitely the right of conscientious objection to royal, ecclesiastic, and relatives authority.

This e-book offers choices from the full of Pascal's profession as a author, together with her witty adolescent poetry and her pioneering treatise at the schooling of ladies, A Rule for Children, which drew on her studies as schoolmistress at Port-Royal. Readers also will locate Pascal's devotional treatise, which matched every one second in Christ's ardour with a corresponding advantage that his girl disciples should still domesticate; a transcript of her interrogation via church experts, during which she defended the debatable theological doctrines taught at Port-Royal; a biographical cartoon of her abbess, which offered Pascal's notion of the suitable nun; and a range of letters supplying lively defenses of Pascal's correct to perform her vocation, despite patriarchal objections.

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Abbé Antoine Singlin (1607– 64), a protégé of Saint-Cyran, began his association with PortRoyal (1637) as a teacher of the boys in the petites écoles. The spiritual director of Jacqueline Pascal as a laywoman and as a nun, he became the chaplain of the convent until 1661, when he was forced to go into hiding as the anti-Jansenist persecution intensified. Throughout the “crisis of the signature,” he counseled the nuns to sign the formulary without reservation. 14. Jacqueline Arnauld, Mère Angélique (1591–1661), was appointed abbess of Port-Royal as an adolescent and began the reform of the convent in 1608.

Clermont-Ferrand: Amis CIBP, Bibliothèque municipale et interuniversitaire, 1981. Dutoit, Marie. Jacqueline Pascal. Paris: Librairie Fischbacher, 1897. Féret, Charles Théophile. Les amours de Jacqueline Pascal. Paris: Fayard, 1928. Giraud, Victor. Soeurs de grands hommes: Jacqueline Pascal, Lucile de Chateaubriand, Henriette Renan. Paris: G. Crés, 1926. Goyet, Thérèse. ” Chroniques de PortRoyal, no. 31 (1982): 127– 36. Lagarde, François. ” Travaux-de-Litterature 2 (1989): 125 – 35. Magnard, Pierre.

The second source derives from the publications of Port-Royal itself. From the beginning of the persecution, a group of nuns led by Mère Angélique de Saint Jean carefully conserved key documents to prove the orthodoxy of the convent and to chronicle its struggle against its tormentors. Sympathetic Jansenist printers, often working from clandestine presses in France and abroad, published this abundant literature. The 1665 edition of the Constitutions of Port-Royal added Jacqueline Pascal’s Rule for Children as an appendix.

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