Comb, Marie Magdaleine De Cyz De
Comb, Marie Magdaleine de Cyz de a Dutch nun, was born at Leyden in 1656. She was brought up in the Calvinistic belief, and at the age of nineteen married a wealthy gentleman of Holland, Adrian de Combe, from whom she soon afterwards separated. She went to France, joined the Catholics, and by the aid of the abbot, La Bermondieu, rector of St. Sulpicius, obtained a pension of two hundred pounds. In 1686 she formed a religious community called Le Bon Pasteur, which the king took under his protection. The order spread through the province, and was confirmed by letters-patent in 1698, after the death of its founder, which occurred at Paris, June 16, 1692. Boileau published a Vie de Madame Combe (Paris, 1700,1732). See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.; Biog. Universelle, s.v.