Jeanne (Bouvier) Guyon

Jeanne Marie (Bouvier) Guyon (1648 - 1717)

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Jeanne Marie Guyon formerly Bouvier
Born in Montargis, south of Paris and east of Orléansmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 1664 in Montargis Parismap
Died in Blois Departement du Loir-et-Cher Centre, Francemap
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Madame Jeanne-Marie Bouvier de la Motte-Guyon was the beloved daughter of Claude Bouvier de la Motte. She was born on 18 April, 1648 in Montargis, Departement du Loiret, Centre-France, and was baptized, Jeanne Marie Bouvier into the Roman Catholic Church on 24 May, 1648.

Her parents were well-to-do and very religious, and gave her a pious training, but she had a sensitive nature and a sickly childhood so that her education was neglected. She moved between the convent and her parents home and wanted to become a nun, but was forced into an early marriage, in 1664, aged 15, by her parents, to a wealthy gentleman, aged 38, Jaques Guyon of Montargis.

She had a terrible life at the hands of her Mother-in-Law and maidservant, compounded by the loss of her mother and father and two of her five children, until her husband died on 21 July, 1676, when she cried out "Oh, my God, thou hast broken my bonds, and I will offer thee a sacrifice of praise" (Autobiography, Ch.22). She was aged 28, and became a wealthy widow.

It becomes clear from reading her Autobiography that Father François La Combe was the 'instrument' that enabled both of them to have mystical experiences that were finally interiorised, when in an exchange of letters, and prayers he received the message on Magdalene's Day 1680 that "Ye shall both dwell in one and the same place" (Op.Cit., Ch.26). Madame Guyon wrote "On that happy Magdalene's Day my soul was perfectly delivered from all its pains" (, Ch.27), and goes on to describe how the transition from 'self-consciousness' to 'Cosmic (Universal or Christ) Consciousness' affected her life, although she does not use that more recent terminology.

The foregoing explains why Madame Guyon was a famous French mystic, and she was also one of the key advocates of Quietism[1], although she never called herself a Quietist. Nevertheless, She was accredited for being the leader of the Quietist Movement in France and for her deep spiritual views on the inward life of the believer. Madame Jeanne Guyon was known for her many spiritual books, poems, and commentaries. In December 1695, Jeanne was again arrested and imprisoned on the authority of the king. Madame Guyon remained confined in various prisons, including the Bastille, until 1703. She suffered because of her mystical faith and spiritual writings. Madame Guyon spent the remainder of her life with her only daughter, Marquise de Bois, at Blois in centre-France.

On June 9, 1717, in Blois, Departement du Loir-et-Cher, Centre-France, at the age of sixty-nine, fifteen years after her release from the Bastille, Madame Jeanne-Marie Bouvier de la Motte-Guyon went to her heavenly home to be with her Beloved Bridegroom, the Lord Jesus Christ. She was buried in the Church of the Cordeliers, at Blois, Departement du Loir-et-Cher , Centre-France in a modest grave.




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Jeanne Marie Bouvières de la Mothe Guyon was the leader of the Quietist movement in France. The foundation of her Quietism was laid in her study of St. Francis de Sales Cached Madam Guyon is a heretic to some, but a saint to others. Living at a time when being charged as heretic was a matter of civil law, Madam Guyon was imprisoned and ...

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