Putting Faith to the Test: Anne de Gonzague and the Incombustible Relic

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/612197
Title:
Putting Faith to the Test: Anne de Gonzague and the Incombustible Relic
Authors:
Hillman, Jennifer
Abstract:
This article explores the cognitive struggle against ‘doubt’ which impeded the conversion of a female aristocrat Anne de Gonzague, princesse Palatine, in seventeenth-century France. Anne’s conversion came only after a life-long intellectual battle which climaxed when she held a fragment of the True Cross in the fire to test whether it could withstand the flames. This article contends that the intellectual premise for her experiment with the holy relic can be found in her ‘conversion narrative.’ It offers a reading of the text which argues that it was Anne’s application of philosophical scepticism and the Cartesian method – to which she was exposed in the Scientific Academy of her physician Pierre Michon Bourdelot - to her own irreligion which actually brought about her conversion to orthodoxy. Anne’s ‘test’ of faith therefore compels us to rethink the relationship between the New Philosophy and faith in the seventeenth century.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Hillman, J. (2014). Putting faith to the test: Anne de Gonzague and the incombustible relic. Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 44(1), 163–86.
Journal:
Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Publication Date:
1-Jan-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/612197
DOI:
10.1215/10829636-2389533
Additional Links:
http://jmems.dukejournals.org/
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1082-9636
EISSN:
1527-8263
Sponsors:
Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellowship, European University Institute
Appears in Collections:
History and Archaeology

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dc.contributor.authorHillman, Jenniferen
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-08T08:42:56Zen
dc.date.available2016-06-08T08:42:56Zen
dc.date.issued2014-01-01en
dc.identifier.citationHillman, J. (2014). Putting faith to the test: Anne de Gonzague and the incombustible relic. Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 44(1), 163–86.en
dc.identifier.issn1082-9636en
dc.identifier.doi10.1215/10829636-2389533en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/612197en
dc.description.abstractThis article explores the cognitive struggle against ‘doubt’ which impeded the conversion of a female aristocrat Anne de Gonzague, princesse Palatine, in seventeenth-century France. Anne’s conversion came only after a life-long intellectual battle which climaxed when she held a fragment of the True Cross in the fire to test whether it could withstand the flames. This article contends that the intellectual premise for her experiment with the holy relic can be found in her ‘conversion narrative.’ It offers a reading of the text which argues that it was Anne’s application of philosophical scepticism and the Cartesian method – to which she was exposed in the Scientific Academy of her physician Pierre Michon Bourdelot - to her own irreligion which actually brought about her conversion to orthodoxy. Anne’s ‘test’ of faith therefore compels us to rethink the relationship between the New Philosophy and faith in the seventeenth century.en
dc.description.sponsorshipMax Weber Postdoctoral Fellowship, European University Instituteen
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dc.subjectRelicsen
dc.subjectEarly Modern Historyen
dc.subjectFranceen
dc.subjectReligionen
dc.titlePutting Faith to the Test: Anne de Gonzague and the Incombustible Relicen
dc.typeArticleen
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dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Medieval and Early Modern Studiesen
dc.date.accepted2013-03-02en
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