Agnès d’ANTHÉE (14th) (see below Joan d’ANTHÉE)
Christine COUCKE (15th)
Shortly after 1471, this Beguine of Sta. Elisabeth in Kortrijck bequeaths her home to her nephew’s daughter Jaenkin’t Kint Joos, who was then 11 years old and probably lived with her, if she made the promise to become Beguine at the age 24 years old (probably minimum age for admission).
Source: Walter Simons, Cities of Ladies.
Clusin ou Claesinne NIEUWLANT (+ 1611)
Beguine in Ghent, in the sixteenth century, she insisted on the dangers of self-destruction that can be produced by the momentum of the spirit. “To go to the Absolute, the human being must be diverted from his mind and led to his non-being”.
Colette BOYLET (ca. 1381-1447)
Living in Ghent between 1381 and 1447, she presents many features similar to Saint Rita of Cascia: her birth is miraculous, like that of Rita (late birth, announced in a dream); during her life she meets all the saints who are her contemporaries and after her death she works miracles, above all she helps women on labour through the miraculous “grains” or her mantle.
Lucetta Scaraffia, La santa degli impossibili. Rita da Cascia tra devozione e arte contemporanea”, Vita e pensiero, 2014, Milano, p. 93
At the age of 18 she began her spiritual education among the beguines and then among the Franciscan women tertiary. In 1406 she join the St. Clare congregation that she felt called to reform. For this, she received the mandate from Benedict XIII, who imposed her the veil in Nice. His work, not without obstacles, led to the birth of 17 monasteries. She died in 1447 in Ghent.
(Matteo Liut, https://www.avvenire.it/ du 6 mars 2019)
Criste TSFLOGHELEERE (15th)
In 1471, this beguine of the beguinage of St Alexis in Dendermonde (Termonde) left half of her house in the beguinage to each of his brother’s daughters who had expressed the desire to become beguines before their 15 years. (Walter Simons, Cities of Ladies, p. 72)
Elizabeth of BERG (13th)
After the death of her husband (between 1279-1290), she became Beguine at Tongeren (Tongres) and she even offered help to married woman. She had no children of her own. Wealthy, with many properties, Elisabeth owned a house at St. Catherine’s that have 5 rooms, three of them were occupied by “poor beguines”(Waler Simons p. 73).
Joan d’ANTHÉE (14th)
Joan is a beguine of Liège, immured in the church of Saint Catherine, near the cell of another recluse, Agnès d’Anthée in 1392
Source: Walter Simons, p.75
Ida from LEEUW or of GORSLEEUW (+ about 1260)
Ida was born in Gors-Opleeuw (Belgium). Her parents are Giselbert and Ida. She is raised by the beguines of Borgloon and at the age of 13 joint the Cistercian monastery of Rameige (Dutch: Rameien), today Klein-Geten. Ida is a mystic who developed a great devotion to the Eucharist. She has accurately described her spiritual development. One of her sisters was Ida of Nivelles.
Ida thought that her name stimulated a devout life. The letter I meant the right path, D for Deus (God) and A for Amor (love). She dies around 1260.
The feast of Ida van Leeuw is October 29th. In the past it was mistakenly thought that this Ida would come from Zoutleeuw, where there was also a beguinage. It should not be confused with Leuven’s Cistercian Ida, also known as Ida van Leeuw. An anonymous Cistercian wrote her Life.
Daughter of Bouden Vedelaer, she was violently torn from the beguinage Wijngard of Brugge (Bruges)(in 1344 or 45) by three people to make her marry against her will. Warned by the other beguines, the judicial officer of Bruges prosecuted the three, proving that the matter was taken seriously into account (Simons, p. 71). Kateline could then return to the beguinage.
Katherina VANDER HULST (15th)
Widow inhabited the beguinage of Alost (Aalst) was violently abducted at night approximately in 1459 by a certain Egied de Drivere. (Simons, p. 72)
Linke DOBBE (16th)
In 1579 the estate of the Great Beguinage of Brussels was sacked. The first church is occupied by Lutherans for 5 years. In this period some beguines organize a clandestine Catholic cult. The beghina Linke reads old sermons she copied; she is expelled from the city after being bodily punished.
Marie of GREZ (+1271)
Beguine of Nivelles, she was buried in the abbey of Villers la ville in 1271, in the prestigious space behind the altar where already lay Julienne of Cornillon, Heledwis, the anchorite of St. Syr in Nivelles and Marquina, an anchorite of Willambroux. (Simons, p. 46).
Beguine of the Great Beguinage of Ghent (Gent), she had around 1470 a vision with Christ crucified by means of a crucifix called “cross of Matteken”, heart craft of the 2nd quarter of the 14th century, which explains the devotion granted to this cross.
Uda (or Oda) da THOREMBAIS (13th)
Cesarius of Heisterbach (1180-1240) speaks of her in his Dialogus magnus visionum et miraculorum as a religious and visionary woman with an intense devotion to the Eucharist. From 1267 she shared her house with at least another religious woman giving life to a small community of beguines at Thorembais, in the French Brabant lasting until the eighteenth century (Simons, p. 44).