A rule for children and other writings by Jacqueline Pascal

By Jacqueline Pascal

Jacqueline Pascal (1625-1661) was once the sister of Blaise Pascal and a nun on the Jansenist Port-Royal convent in France. She was once additionally a prolific author who argued for the religious rights of ladies and the best of conscientious objection to royal, ecclesiastic, and kin authority.

This publication provides decisions from the entire of Pascal's occupation as a author, together with her witty adolescent poetry and her pioneering treatise at the schooling of ladies, A Rule for Children, which drew on her reviews as schoolmistress at Port-Royal. Readers also will locate Pascal's devotional treatise, which matched each one second in Christ's ardour with a corresponding advantage that his girl disciples should still domesticate; a transcript of her interrogation via church experts, within which she defended the arguable theological doctrines taught at Port-Royal; a biographical cartoon of her abbess, which awarded Pascal's belief of the correct nun; and a variety of letters supplying lively defenses of Pascal's correct to perform her vocation, despite patriarchal objections.

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The queen was carrying the future Louis XIV. 5. See Jacqueline Pascal, “Épigramme à Mademoiselle, faite sur-le-champ par son commandement,” LOM, 123. 6. See Jacqueline Pascal, “Autre Épigramme à Madame d’Autefort, faite le même jour sur-lechamp, par le commandement aussi de Mademoiselle,” LOM, 123. Introduction In the provincial salons of Normandy, Jacqueline’s reputation as a poet grew. ”7 Her brother Blaise also began to receive national acclaim for his mathematical genius. To help his father streamline the burdensome job of calculating the tax records of the province, the adolescent Blaise devised a counting machine that performed the four basic mathematical operations.

Jacqueline was clothed in the religious habit on May 26, 1652, and solemnly professed vows on June 5, 1653. The convent Jacqueline Pascal entered was already riven by controversy. Founded in 1204, the original Port-Royal (Port-Royal des Champs) was in a valley twenty miles south of Paris. By the beginning of the seventeenth century, the convent had declined to a dozen nonobservant nuns living in a dilapidated building. In 1608 the young abbess, Mère Angélique, began a vigorous reform that made the convent a model of asceticism.

Cited throughout as LOM. 23. , ed. Jean Mesnard (Paris: Desclée de Brouwer, 1964 – 91). 24. Bibliothèque Mazarine: Fonds Faugère (1810 – 87). 11 12 Introduction This book includes the following works by Jacqueline Pascal: Poetry (1638–43): This section presents the major poems Jacqueline Pascal wrote during her adolescence. The selection privileges poetry using feminine images of God and defending ‘her writing as a divine vocation. On the Mystery of the Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ (1651): Written shortly before she entered Port-Royal, this devotional treatise matches each moment in the Passion of Christ with a particular virtue that the female disciple of Christ should cultivate.

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