Angelique Arnauld; Abbess of Port Royal

Angelique Arnauld; Abbess of Port Royal

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...inspected by a niece of Ange'lique's, who said she had learnt from them that everything has its proper place, and that a nun's place is the silence and solitude of the convent. Shortly after the removal to Paris, a certain Mdme. de Pontcarre', who was separated from her husband, desired to live in the retirement of a convent, without taking religious vows. She was a friend of Ange'lique's sister Mdme. le Maitre, who believed that her piety was genuine, and urged Angelique to receive her at Port Royal, where the money she proposed to pay would be most useful. Angelique listened to the advice of friends, and against her own judgment consented to the arrangement. She acted without the knowledge or advice of the Bishop, who had left Paris for a time and was visiting his diocese. He found on his return that Port Royal had acquired 80,000 francs, and an agreeable inmate, and resolved that, in addition to the enlargements already made, new cloisters and dormitories should be built with Mdme. de Pontcarre"s money. The benefactress laid the first stone in the following year, but her money barely sufficed to raise the walls of the new buildings. In order to complete them Angelique was compelled to borrow, and then to borrow again in order to pay interest. The Bishop wished no expense to be spared, and the debt ultimately amounted to 130,000 francs. Mdme. de Pontcarre entered Port Royal in 1626 when, like the Bishop, she was in the first fervour of her conversion. Her husband was then living, but he died shortly afterwards. An agreement had been drawn up in which she offered 80,000 francs to the abbey on condition that the money should be restored if she was sent away by the community; but retained if she left of her own free will. In consideration of this...show more

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  • Paperback | 118 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123667832X
  • 9781236678324