Jeanne de Jussie

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  • Pollie Bromilow (University of Liverpool)

Jeanne de Jussie (1503-61) was a Franciscan nun in the Genevan Convent of Saint Clare during the Reformation. She entered the convent in 1521, taking the vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and enclosure common to all Poor Clares. She was also the convent’s Secretary, responsible for all written correspondence with the outside world. It was in this capacity that Jussie developed the skill for which she is known today, as she used her literacy to pen the Petite Chronique (Short Chronicle) which traced the fortunes of the convent during the Reformation. Jussie was minded to write the account so that the persecution of the nuns at the hands of Prostestant Reformers was not forgotten by her order. …

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Bromilow, Pollie. "Jeanne de Jussie". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 November 2007
[, accessed 29 September 2016.]

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  1. Renaissance Women's Writing