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Porète, Marguerite
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(c. 1250/1260, possibly in Valenciennes – Jun 1, 1310, Paris), was burned as a heretic ten years after her book of mystical theology was condemned by the Inquisition. Almost nothing is known of her life. She was associated with the Beguines and was renowned for her learning, which encompassed both secular and theological knowledge. Her work inculcates the “annihilation” of the soul, to be replaced by nothing other than God’s love. Her mysticism (III, 3.b) has close affinities to M…

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Leicht, Irene, “Porète, Marguerite”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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