Philippa of Guelders, Mary of Guise’s prickly grandmother

Marie de Guise-Lorraine 1515-2025

 Philippe de Gueldre. Peinture sur bois - Début XVIe siècle. Musée Lorrain. Philippa of Guelders. Oil on panel, early 16th century Musée Lorrain, Nancy

Until recently, very like her granddaughter Mary of Guise, Philippa of Guelders never received much attention from the academic world. It is the second half of her life, since 1520 spent in a convent at Pont-au-Mousson in the Lorraine region, which inspired mostly ecclesiastic writers. The first was father Hilarion de Coste (1595-1661), a French religieux of the Order of the Minimes de Saint François de Paule, who dedicated his work to the religious education of women. His descriptions of the lives of worthy and highborn women were published in 1630 and further enlarged in 1647. The text section concerning Philippa of Guelders is reproduced on the website of French Société Internationale pour l’Etude des Femmes de l’Ancien Régime or SIEFAR, the Dictionary of Women in Medieval, Early Modern and Modern France. Also in France,

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