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Pascal, Gilberte (1620–1687)

Pascal, Gilberte (1620–1687)

French biographer. Name variations: Gilberte Pascal Périer. Born 1620 at Clermont-Ferrand, France; died April 25, 1687, in Paris; sister of Jacqueline Pascal and Blaise Pascal; m. Florin Périer, June 1641; children: at least 4, including Etienne (b. 1642) and Marguerite Périer (c. 1645–?, writer).

With husband converted to Jansenism and sent children to school at Port Royal; frequented Parisian intellectual gatherings and was known for eloquent conversation; wrote biographies of brother and sister, Vie de la Soeur Saint-Eustache and Vie de Monsieur Pascal; helped in preparation of Blaise Pascal's Apologie de la religion chrétienne and posthumous publication of fragments of Apologie as Pensées (1670).

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