Beauvilliers, Marie De
Beauvilliers, Marie De, abbess of Montmartre, daughter of the count of Saint Aignan, a gentleman attached to the duke of Alencon, was born April 27, 1574; At the period of the siege of Paris in 1590, Henry IV became enamoured of her, and installed her at Senlis but he abandoned her when he met Gabrielle d' Estrees, her cousin. The abbess returned to the convent of Montmartre, where she had for more than: fifty vears a struggle against the disorders and lack of discipline of her subordinates, the nuns of the order of St.
Benedict of Ferrieres. She died April 21, 1656. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.