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Poiret, Pierre
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Poiret, Pierre, * 1646 (Metz), † 21 May 1719 (Rheynsburg)

Known as a “Quietist” mystic, Poiret drew upon the theosophy of → Boehme more explicitly than either of the other major figures of this movement, Guyon and → Bourignon, whose works he was instrumental in publishing. Poiret was a Calvinist pastor who preached in Heidelberg until he was converted to the → mysticism of Tauler by Bourignon, and was persecuted by local church officials. By 1676, he was forced to live in Amsterdam, where he met → Johann Gichtel, the “hermit of Amsterdam” and founder of the Engelsbrüder, or angelic brethren…

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Versluis, Arthur, “Poiret, Pierre”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_292>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031

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