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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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Epilogue

Epilogue

Echoes and Afterlives

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(p.214) Epilogue
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Courting Sanctity
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Sean L. Field

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501736193.003.0011

After 1314 new scandals at the Capetian court focused on women as dangers, including Philip IV’s attack on his own daughters-in-law but also charges of sorcery against the royal cousin Mahaut of Artois. Most dramatically, Margueronne of Bellevillette emerged from prison with new self-accusations of sorcery and poisoning. After the death of the last Capetian king in 1328, chroniclers worked to re-imagine earlier female figures either as holy voices or dark forces. In the case of Isabelle of France, such chroniclers created the false impression that she had been a nun of Longchamp. Elizabeth of Spalbeek was given a more positive spin in a new French translation of William of Nangis’s earlier account. And Paupertas of Metz’s story was shortened in such a way as to make her into a more diabolical figure, while Marguerite Porete was represented in ways that made her seem like a more obvious threat to the kingdom.

Keywords:   King Philip IV of France, Mahaut of Artois, Margueronne of Bellevillette, Sorcery, Isabelle of France, Elizabeth of Spalbeek, Paupertas of Metz, Marguerite Porete

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