Raymonde Testanière

Raymonde Testanière

Raymonde Testanière known as Vuissane was a servant in the Comté de Foix in the late thirteenth and early fourteenth century. She is known to us through her testimony recorded on the Fournier Register and examined in Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie's "Montaillou". Vuissane was a servant in the Belot household from 1304 to 1307. She was also the mistress to Bernard Belot and had two children with him. Vuissane reports to have hoped to marry Bernard, but he was only interested in a wife from a wealthier family an eventually he married Guillemette Benet. He also rejected Vuissance as she did not believe in Albigensianism.

Unlike most in the household Vuissane was not a believer in Albigensianism. Her mother, Alazaïs Testanière, was a staunch Catholic and kept her daughter away from Catharism. The Belot's were Cathars and for a time Vuissane looked favourably upon the heresies but this ended when a leading heretic Arnaud Vital, who was living as a boarder in the Belot household, tried to rape her.

After leaving the employ of the Belot household she married Bernard Testanière.


*Le Roy Ladurie, Emmanuel. "Montaillou: The Promised Land of Error." translated by Barbara Bray. New York: G. Braziller, c1978.

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