Sainte-marthe, Claude De

Sainte-Marthe, Claude De, a French ascetic author, was born at Paris, June 8, 1620. He entered the priesthood in early life, and lived for a time in solitude. After being for some years cure of Mondeville, in the diocese of Sens, he entered the order of Port-Royal des Champs. Twice he was obliged to leave on account of persecution, and finally, in 1679, went to live at his chateau at Courbeville, where he died Oct. 11, 1690. His writings are, Defense des Religeuses de Port-Royal et de leur Directeurs (1667): — Traites de Piete (1702): — Lettres de Piete et de Morale (1709). He wrote part of the Morale Pratique des Jesuites, and was engaged in the translation of the New Testament by Mons. Besides these, he left many petty works, sermons, and letters.

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