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The Meaux Experiment I: From Clerical Reform To Evangelical Renewal, 1518–1523

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Covering the first three and a half years of the Meaux reform, the 120 extant letters exchanged between Marguerite d’Angoulême and Bishop Guillaume Briçonnet are important documents on two counts. In their first letters, Marguerite and Briçonnet exchanged promises of their common commitment to promote “the one necessary thing” (le seul nécessaire), Christ and his gospel. If Marguerite and her aunt’s spiritual nourishment were the only thing at stake in these first few letters, their martial rhetoric of self-sacrifice in a holy war would have been grandiose. During the second period from September 1522 to February 1523, Marguerite and Briçonnet made their boldest overture to promote reform by presenting a formal program to Francis I.

Keywords: Briçonnet; Marguerite; Meaux reform



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