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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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Marguerite Porete and Margueronne of Bellevillette

Marguerite Porete and Margueronne of Bellevillette

The Beguine and the Sorceress

(p.182) Chapter 6 Marguerite Porete and Margueronne of Bellevillette
Courting Sanctity

Sean L. Field

Cornell University Press

In 1308 two women faced ecclesiastical questioning in Paris. The first, Marguerite Porete, was from Hainaut. Her offense was possessing or recopying her book, which had been condemned already in Cambrai. She remained imprisoned in Paris for a year and a half, refusing to swear an oath and respond to questions posed by her inquisitor, William of Paris. The other woman, Margueronne of Bellevillette, was arrested in Champagne as part of the group around bishop Guichard of Troyes that was accused of having used sorcery to murder Queen Jeanne of Navarre. These two women were caught up on the edges of larger ecclesiastical processes against the Order of the Temple and Bishop Guichard, entangled Philip IV’s relentless drive to consolidate political and religious power. Marguerite Porete was ultimately burned at the stake, while Margueronne of Bellevillette was locked away and seemingly forgotten once her usefulness as a witness against Guichard of Troyes had expired.

Keywords:   Marguerite Porete, Margueronne of Bellevillette, Guichard of Troyes, King Philip IV of France, Queen Jeanne of Navarre, William of Paris, Sorcery, Templars

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