Jean Guilhot (1878-1959) was the “Hermit of Deer Island” off Biloxi, Mississippi. Born in France, he traveled to Key West, Florida, and then to Deer Island off the Mississippi coast. His life was a series of hard times, as the SunHerald.com notes in an article titled”‘Hermit of Deer Island’ will get his due at Biloxi Cemetery.” Guilhot’s grave site will be rededicated, with a new marker, and a dramatic recreation of his life presented.
A salacious story in The Independent describes “The Alpine Shepherd and the Parisian”: A French Alps hermit, described as simple, owned rundown property that could be used for ski chalets. The property was coveted by a wealthy jet-setting Parisian woman. She duped the hermit into marrying her, though they live in two different worlds; she occasionally visited him. Then the hermit mysteriously dies in a road accident, in a car driven by the woman’s accomplice. But when the hermit’s will is unveiled, it deliberately leaves her nothing.
Adalbert De Vogue (born 1924) has been a Benedictine monk at the Abbey of Pierre-qui-Vire, France, since 1944. In 1974 he entered a hermitage on the abbey grounds and has remained a hermit since, researching and writing histories of monasticism and the monks of antiquity and the early Middle Ages.
A rare half-hour video interview (of a young Adalbert) titled “Se vaincre soi-même” or “To Conquer the Self” was produced by CBC Television (Canada) and is available at http://www.dieu-parmi-nous.com/R/dom.adalbert.de.vogue.wmv. For best results, download the video rather than attempt to launch it from the website: right click the link and select “Save Target As” or “Save Link As.”
Thanks to friend of Hermitary for bringing it to our attention.
A modest but interesting site about a historical puzzle: whether an anchorite lived in the medieval priory of Notz in central France, and whether various images and the possible discovery of a hagioscope or squint (or even two) in the abbey church points to a resident anchorite. The site is in French. Brought to our attention by a friend of Hermitary.
French television spot about hermit Jacque Vigne, who lives in India and has recently published India Within (not yet translated into English). The short video describes Vigne as the “thinking man’s hermit. Twenty-two years ago, French doctor Jacques Vigne gave up his career to go to India to meditate and write. Brief glimpse of his daily routines.
URL: http://www.france24.com/france24Public/en/news/culture.html. If no longer on the home page, search March 26, 2007 and click “Psychology.”
A brief article from the Eglise Reformee de France web site on Daniel Bourguet, Protestant hermit, including a photograph of him in front of his hermitage. URL: http://www.erf-clr.org/communautes_et_centres.php?rub=184&nid=218&tag=1180.
Brought to our attention by a friend of Hermitary. See also a translated article about him in Hermitary: http://hermitary.com/articles/bourguet.html.
The contents of the book, Jeanne-Marguerite de Montmorency by Joseph Sigward, in the original French, are offered on this Web site. Jeanne-Marguerite de Montmorency (1646-1700), niece of the Prince of Condé, was destined for the life of King Louis XIV’s court, but she ran away, still a girl, giving up her family, her means of sustenance, her possessions, all to follow an eremitical life. Eventually she settled in a hermitage, where the passion of Jesus became the focus of her mysticism. The author drew on the subject’s correspondence with her spiritual director. The Web site is: http://www.chez.com/jeannemarguerite/. Brought to our attention by a U.S. friend of Hermitary.
A French-language article on Daniel Bourguet, a hermit in the Protestant tradition, prior of the Fraternité des Veilleurs (Fraternity of the Watchers). The article can be found at: http://www.protestinfo.ch/Articles.asp? Index=1529. Thanks to a U.S. friend of Hermitary for bringing the page to our attention. NOTE: The site server may not allow a direct use of the URL. Use http://www.protestinfo.ch, then use the Archives and search Bourguet.