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House known as Jules Michelet

Novel La Femme Jules Michelet (1860)
Also appears in Novel La Mer Jules Michelet (1861)
A seaside getaway that became a source of inspiration for Jules Michelet. It is in the heart of a house facing the sea that the author wrote two of his books.
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“It was in Saint-Georges-de-Didonne in 1859 that I wrote La Femme… The wild perfume of the country, its severe softness, the scents of invigorating bitterness with which its heathers are charmed, the flora of the moors, the flora of the dunes have done a lot for this book and will always be found in it”.

Jules Michelet

Most probably on the recommendation of his friend Eugène Pelletan, a journalist and politician from Saint-Georges-de-Didonne, Jules Michelet went on holiday in 1859 to this town in Charente-Maritime. His stay in these totally exotic natural settings inspired him and he wrote his book La Femme. Nowadays particularly old-fashioned and meaningless, the work has its source in this region.

But while the man of letters was resting, a gigantic storm hit this little piece of Charente. Witnessing this incredible force of nature, Jules Michelet seized his pen and filled in a few pages. Without suspecting that a few kilometers away there is a young boy, frightened by the events, who will become one of his most brilliant peers, Pierre Loti.

A large part of the historian’s stay is thus found in this book, soberly entitled La Mer, which is a testimony of the knowledge of his contemporaries on the marine world.,

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The house as Jules Michelet knew it is quite different today. It was partially demolished and then rebuilt in 1877, 18 years after his stay.

22 Boulevard Michelet

The Boulevard Michelet was named after the famous historian Jules Michelet, who stayed at number 22 in 1859.

Most of the houses on Boulevard Michelet were built in the second half of the 19th century. There were a lot of pensions and most of the houses have their own names like “Tourny”, “la Mouette” or “Valp... Learn more about 22 Boulevard Michelet

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By Damien Duarte

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone font partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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