Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Late Antique-Medieval Studies

Second Department

French Studies

Reader 1

Ken Wolf

Reader 2

Nathalie Rachlin


What led Marguerite Porete to write such a daring book? Although we can never know her inner thoughts and motivations, we can examine the intellectual and social worlds in which we know she existed. Although the Mirror and the records of Marguerite’s trial have received a great deal of scholarly attention, there have not been many efforts to understand Marguerite as a historical figure through the contexts she lived in. I attempt to put Marguerite back into the world she came from by examining her life and work through the different contexts in which she lived – her background as a beguine, her status as a female mystical writer, and the Capetian court politics that were always at work on the margins of her heresy trial.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.