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A rule for children and other writings by Jacqueline Pascal

By Jacqueline Pascal

Jacqueline Pascal (1625-1661) used to be the sister of Blaise Pascal and a nun on the Jansenist Port-Royal convent in France. She was once additionally a prolific author who argued for the religious rights of ladies and the perfect of conscientious objection to royal, ecclesiastic, and relatives authority.

This ebook provides decisions from the complete of Pascal's occupation as a author, together with her witty adolescent poetry and her pioneering treatise at the schooling of ladies, A Rule for Children, which drew on her reports as schoolmistress at Port-Royal. Readers also will locate Pascal's devotional treatise, which matched every one second in Christ's ardour with a corresponding advantage that his girl disciples may still domesticate; a transcript of her interrogation through church specialists, within which she defended the arguable theological doctrines taught at Port-Royal; a biographical comic strip of her abbess, which offered Pascal's belief of the precise nun; and a variety of letters supplying lively defenses of Pascal's correct to perform her vocation, despite patriarchal objections.

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Giraud, Victor. Soeurs de grands hommes: Jacqueline Pascal, Lucile de Chateaubriand, Henriette Renan. Paris: G. Crés, 1926. Goyet, Thérèse. ” Chroniques de PortRoyal, no. 31 (1982): 127– 36. Lagarde, François. ” Travaux-de-Litterature 2 (1989): 125 – 35. Magnard, Pierre. ” Chroniques de Port-Royal, no. 31 (1982): 137– 52. Mauriac, François. Blaise Pascal et sa soeur Jacqueline. Paris: Hachette, 1931. Mesnard, Jean. ” XVIIe Siècle 11 (1951): 69 – 92; 15 (1952): 373 – 96. ———. ” Chroniques de Port-Royal, no.

Their works implicitly and explicitly raise questions about women’s social roles, defining problems that beset women attempting to break out of the cultural limits that had bound them. Like Christine de Pizan, who achieved an advanced education through her father’s tutoring and her own devices, their bold questioning makes clear the importance of training. Only when women were educated to the same standard as male leaders would they be able to raise that other voice and insist on their dignity as human beings morally, intellectually, and legally equal to men.

N O T E O N T H E T R A N S L AT I O N In this translation of the works of Jacqueline Pascal I have attempted to privilege accuracy and clarity. The concern for accuracy required certain sacri- 13 14 Introduction fices in translating’ the poetry. I made no effort to reproduce the intricate rhyme schemes of the French originals. This freer translation permitted Pascal’s positions on religious, political, and sentimental matters to emerge with greater exactitude. The concern for clarity governed the translation of Pascal’s prose narratives and letters.

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