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Now in a Glass Darkly: The Textual Status of the Je Parlant in the Miroirs of Marguerite De Navarre

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Examines Margaret of Navarre's two “mirror” poems, Miroir de l'Ame Pecheresse (1531) and the Mirouer du Chrestien (publ. 1552) in relation to the Mirouer du Chrestien et Moyen de Cognoistre Dieu et Soimesme (1556) written by Pierre Olivier, the queen's editor, to accompany and explain her work. Olivier established a historical (temporal) context for her reflections on the soul's progress to salvation. Margaret's poems are personal, but not merely personal. The journey of her soul is the prescribed journey of every Christian soul; its progress is paradigmatic of Catholic devotional writing. Here the soul's progress is more structured and more certain than in comparable Protestant texts.

Keywords: Catholicism; France; Margaret of Navarre; Olivier, Pierre; Poetry

Document Type: Original Article


Publication date: December 1, 1991


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