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Courting SanctityHoly Women and the Capetians$
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Sean L. Field

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501736193

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501736193.001.0001

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Paupertas of Metz

Paupertas of Metz

Peacemaker, Prophet, or Poisoner?

(p.152) Chapter 5 Paupertas of Metz
Courting Sanctity

Sean L. Field

Cornell University Press

This chapter highlights the recently-discovered story of a woman called Paupertas, who came from Metz to Lille and gained the trust of King Philip IV and Jeanne of Navarre during peace-making activities at Philip’s siege of Lille. But in 1302, when Philip IV marched north to try to avenge the catastrophic defeat of French forces at the Battle of Courtrai, Paupertas reported a prophecy by which God warned the king of France not to attack the Flemings. After Philip’s embarrassing retreat, his brother, Charles of Valois, had Paupertas arrested and tortured into confessing that she had sought to poison him.

Keywords:   Paupertas of Metz, King Philip IV of France, Queen Jeanne of Navarre, Charles of Valois, Prophecy, Battle of Courtrai, poisoning

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