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Spiritual Dialogues And Politics In The Correspondance Between Marguerite De Navarre And Guillaume Briçonnet (1521–1524)

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The correspondence between the humanist reformer Guillaume Briçonnet, bishop of Meaux, and the politically influential sister of King Francis I, Marguerite de Navarre, reflects four years of Frances volatile religious and political state of affairs in the 1520s. Their exchange of a total of 123 letters spans the period from June 1521 until November 1524. This chapter contributes to the understanding of this epistolary exchange by highlighting its dialogical shaping of an affective bond between the correspondents. It demonstrates how over the course of their correspondence both letter-writers develop a metaphorical filial kinship, transforming an imagined father/daughter bond into a highly efficient mother/son affiliation. The chapter sheds light on the correspondences extensively elaborated metaphors of carnal and spiritual fertility and addresses how they enrich this mother/son theology. Finally, it reconsiders their correspondence within the times political and religious context.

Keywords: Guillaume Briçonnet; Marguerite De Navarre; metaphors; political advocacy; religious reform



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