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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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Echoes and Afterlives

(p.214) Epilogue
Courting Sanctity

Sean L. Field

Cornell University Press

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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