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Les "Dévotieuses" : dévotion et préciosité à Grenoble au XVIIe siècle : la Congrégation de la Purification

Abstract : During the past three decades, historians focused on renewing historiography on congregations and religious brotherhoods in the modern era. Many researchers have highlighted the initiative of several secular women in this spatial, identity and political reconquest. We would like here to invite the reader to discover a female congregation if not unknown, at least unknown to historians in general and historians of religion in particular: the Congregation of the Purification. Populated by many women from the aristocracy, nobility and commoners, this lay association of the Seventeenth Century leads the researcher to tackle the question of the perception of holiness by women and their desire to reach a model of piety embodied by Philothea, Salesian spiritual heroine. In Grenoble, women are in fact particularly keen to embody and spread the message of the founder of the Visitation.The Ladies of the Purification are unique in many ways: very different from one another, they nevertheless manage to do "body" while respecting and praising the qualities each of their "sisters" through the lens of their Abridged life and virtues. Mindful of keeping the memory of their "body" and the memory of the congregants, they take the pen and write in unison the history of their Congregation. The various archives consulted upset preconceived ideas about the dévotes and help realize the importance and durability of links maintained between these women and men who have left their mark on the spiritual society of their time. They also invite us to go to Paris in the closed circle of the Regent of the Kingdom of France and to question us about the universe of Precious women and about the possible relationship between devotion and preciosity
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Marjorie Dennequin. Les "Dévotieuses" : dévotion et préciosité à Grenoble au XVIIe siècle : la Congrégation de la Purification. Histoire. Université Grenoble Alpes, 2015. Français. ⟨NNT : 2015GREAH032⟩. ⟨tel-01680270⟩



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