Formative Years in the Franche-Comté (1808–31)

Wendy S. Mercer

in The Life and Travels of Xavier Marmier (1808-1892)

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Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263884
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734830 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

Formative Years in the Franche-Comté (1808–31)

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If the death of Jean–Marie Xavier Marmier in 1892 made headline news in the national press, the date and place of his birth were certainly not common knowledge, and have given rise to biographical errors. The second of six children, he was born to parents descended from long-established Franche-Comté families with strong Catholic and royalist sympathies. The Marmier family was one of the oldest families of Frasne (Haut–Doubs). On a more general level, a number of his reminiscences of Franche-Comté life in the early decades of the century help people to understand the unusual way in which he was later able to form relationships built on respect with others from all social classes.

Keywords: Marmier; Frasne; Franche-Comté; social classes

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Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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