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Jacqueline Pascal

Jacqueline Pascal (October 4, 1625 - October 4, 1661), sister of Blaise Pascal, was born at Clermont-Ferrand, France.

She was a genuine infant prodigy, composing verses when only eight years, and a five-act comedy at eleven. In 1646 the influence of her brother converted her to Jansenism. In 1652, she took the veil, despite the strong opposition of her brother, and subsequently was largely instrumental in the latter's own final conversion. She vehemently opposed the attempt to compel the assent of the nuns to the Papal bulls condemning Jansenism, but was at last compelled to yield her own. This blow, however, hastened her death, which occurred at Paris on the 4th of October 1661

This entry was originally from the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica - please update as needed