Marguerite de Navarre: Miroir de l'âme pécheresse [Mirror of the Sinful Soul] (2293 words)

Jeff Kendrick (Virginia Military Institute)
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Marguerite de Navarre (1492­–1547) – best known today for her unfinished collection of short stories, the Heptaméron – was more closely associated during her lifetime with her theatrical works and spiritual poetry, including the 1531 Miroir de l’âme pécheresse [Mirror of the Sinful Soul] (henceforth Miroir). While perhaps seemingly a disorganized expression of spiritual uncertainty and ecstasy to today’s modern reader, the poem’s importance not only in the development of Marguerite’s own spirituality, but also in the history of French religious publication, calls for a deeper investigation of its composition, form, and themes.

As one of t…

Citation: Kendrick, Jeff. "Miroir de l'âme pécheresse". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 January 2018 [, accessed 15 August 2020.]

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