Jean-Baptiste Saint-Jure was a Jesuit priest and writer whose many works included De la connaissance
et de l’amour du Fils de Dieu (1634), Méditation sur les plus grandes et les plus importantes vérités de la foi (1642)
and the popular La vie de M. de Renty (1651).
Saint-Jure had intriguing links to the mystic spiritual side of the Christian faith. Saint-Jure became the père spirituel of Jeanne des Anges, who had gained fame as Mother Superior at Loudon in 1634 when she and a number of her nuns had been victims of “demonic possession”. Saint-Jure also acted as spiritual advisor to Gaston Jean-Baptiste de Renty, whose good works he immortalised in his life of the aristocrat.
The copy held by the Old Library dates from 1682 and is one of the posthumous reprints of this work, printed by Charles Angot, on the rue Saint Jacques.
In a reprint of the work (Nancy, 1714) the author is commended to the reader thus: “Les Ouvrages de R.P. Saint-Jure (...) sont entre les mains de toutes les Personnes pieuses, qui pardonnant au style suranné en faveur de la solidité & de l’onction qui s’y trouvent, en font encore le sujet de leur lecture ordinaire”.