Gabrielle de Coignard (1856 words)


Gabrielle de Coignard (c.1550-1586) was a French devotional poet writing in Toulouse at the end of the sixteenth century. From what little is known about her early life, Coignard was likely born into a parliamentary family in Toulouse around 1550, making her part of the social and political elite and exposing her to a variety of spiritual and artistic traditions engrained into the fabric of the Catholic city. Coignard would have likely possessed knowledge of the poetic games, or Jeux Floraux, held annually in Toulouse, due to her father’s role as a maître, or judge. Her marriage to Pierre de Mansencal de Miremont, son of the premier président of the Parlement de Toulouse, in 1570, further …

Citation: Jakeway, Eileen. "Gabrielle de Coignard". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 May 2017 [, accessed 19 June 2021.]

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