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...Damien Mitton was born in around 1618, probably in Paris, and died in the same city on 6 February 1690. He was from a modest family – his father was a master barber-surgeon – and he seems to have received little education. It is not until...
...Eustache de Refuge, seigneur de Courcelles and de Precy, was born in 1564 and died in 1617. He came from an ancient family from the bishopric of Léon, in Brittany, whose motto was ‘Refuge for all’ (‘A tous refuge’). In 1592, he became...
...Jacques de Chavaille was born in 1592 in Uzerche (Bas Limousin) and died on 22 January 1670. His father, Pierre de Chavaille, seigneur de Faugeras et du Pouget, was lieutenant-general of the sénéchaussée (seat of royal justice) of Uzerche...
...Hubert Mugnier was born in Joinville in 1598 and died in Reims in 1651. He was one of the most influential figures of the Jesuit college in Dijon, the Collège des Godrans, where he taught philosophy, rhetoric and Scripture. The custom...
...César Vichard was born in Chambéry on 9 April 1643 into a family of notaries and parliamentarians. In 1638, his father acquired the seigniorial property of Saint-Réal located close to Chambéry, but César, who was the youngest child, did...
...Hortense Mancini was born in Rome on 6 June 1646, the daughter of Hieronyma and Lorenzo Mancini, and died in London on 2 July 1699. She was a ‘Mancinette’ or ‘Mazarinette’ – the endearing term used to designate the nieces of Mazarin...