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The Meaux Experiment II: Model For National Reform, 1521–1523

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While Lefèvre d’Étaples sounded a lucid call for the renewal of the church in his prefatory epistles and directed the implementation of that vision at Meaux, Bishop Guillaume Briçonnet and Marguerite d' Angoulême struggled to advance this program at court as a model for the reform of the Gallican church. 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. Marguerite and Briçonnet's allusions to events as well as the chronological grouping of their letters allow us to follow the progress and regress of their campaign as well as their state of mind in the face of changing fortunes. The chapter reconstructs the nascent evangelical network's missing battle plans and troop movements during three rounds to 1524, when other sources pick up the relay.

Keywords: Bishop Guillaume Briçonnet; Marguerite d' Angoulême; Meaux reform



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