Marguerite Porete
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Poems by Marguerite Porete
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Not much is known about the life of Marguerite Porete (also known as Marguerite of Hainaut) other than what is recorded of her heresy trial in Paris -- which eventually led to her death by being burned at the stake.

Marguerite Porete may have been a Beguine, like Hadewijch of Antwerp and Mechthild of Magdeburg, but this is questionable. Her accusers called her a Beguine, but apparently meant it as an insult. In her own writings, Marguerite lists the Beguines as being among her critics.

Her book, The Mirror of Simple Souls (or The Mirror of Simple Annihilated Souls, a reference to ecstatic annihilation in God), survived her death and was translated into many European languages, attributed initially to "an unknown French mystic." The book is a collection of poetry and prose that suggests a profound experience of mystical union which resulted in a complete loss of personal identity in which only the Divine remains.

Marguerite wrote: “God has nowhere to put his goodness, if not in meÉno place to put himself entire, if not in me. And by this means I am the exemplar of salvation, and what is more, I am the salvation itself of every creature, and the glory of GodÉ” (tr. by Peter Dronke).

Poems by Marguerite Porete


Recommended Books: Marguerite Porete

Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women Marguerite Porete: Mirror of Simple Souls (Classics of Western Spirituality) Women Writing in India: 600 BC to the Present: Volume 1 Christian Mystics: Their Lives and Legacies throughout the Ages The Soul as Virgin Wife: Mechthild of Magdeburg, Marguerite Porete, and Meister Eckhart
Meister Eckhart and the Beguine Mystics: Hadewijch of Brabant, Mechthild of Magdeburg, and Marguerite Porete Sacred Voices: Essential Women's Voices Through the Ages





Related Links

Marguerite Porete
http://home.infionline.net/~ddisse/porete.html

Brief biography notes and excerpts of her writings.

Marguerite Porete
http://www.digiserve.com/mystic/Christian/Porete/index.html

Several quotes online.

Marguerite Porete
http://www.geocities.com/ganesha_gate/porete.html

An excellent site with several excerpts from The Mirror of Simple Souls, along with commentary and biographical notes.

Marguerite Porete: Gathering the Ashes of the Pearl of God
http://www.liminalityland.com/marguerite.htm

Extended commentary with excerpts from The Mirror of Simple Souls.
Marguerite Porete