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Bourignon, Antoinette
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Bourignon, Antoinette, * 13 Jan 1616 (Lisle (Flanders)), † 1680 (Franeker (Netherlands))

Bourignon was born to wealthy Catholic parents. Even as a child she spent much time in prayer and reclusion, and at four asked her parents in what country Christians lived, so that she might travel there, since she thought Christians lived in poverty and were not interested in worldly things. Although her father wanted her to marry a rich merchant, she left home in 1636, and spent some time in a convent. As she grew old…

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Versluis, Arthur, “Bourignon, Antoinette”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_050>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031

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