Les Seigneurs De Dur Ecu

Du XVIIe au Xxe siècle, le vie quotidienne et l'ascension sociale de gentilshommes campagnards et de notables du Cotentin

Edomond Thin

Text in French

A few days before Christmas, on 21 December 1793, Jean-Antoine de Beauvalet, the Lord of Durécu, was found deadin a bedroom at Valognes where he had sought refuge afterbeing locked up in the Fort de la Hougue by the Revolutionaries.
Date Published :
February 2019
Publisher :
Heimdal
Language:
French
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9782840485179
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 11.75 X 8.25 inches
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Text in French

A few days before Christmas, on 21 December 1793, Jean-Antoine de Beauvalet, the Lord of Durécu, was found deadin a bedroom at Valognes where he had sought refuge afterbeing locked up in the Fort de la Hougue by the Revolutionaries.Thus passed away the last male scion of the noble lineof the Beauvalets, ennobled in 1702 by Louis XIV, and who in1686 founded a the little domain at Durécu, which did not atthe time bear that name. For three generations, the Beauvaletsstruggled using their wealth to hang on to this so dearlyacquired nobility.The Lord of Durécu’s grand-daughter, Caroline Avice de Sortosville, inherited the Durécu domain, and during the Terreur, marrieda young Republican officer, François Clément Boyer de Choisy, who came from a typically old noble family, since it hadalways been devoted to serving in the army.The Boyer de Choisys fortified the Saint-Marcouf Islands then improved their domain, but they also took an active part in publiclife, the first as Mayor of Saint-Vaast during the Empire and the Restoration, and the second, his nephew who inherited thedomain, as Mayor during the Second Empire.Finally in 1918, Augustin Vallette, an entrepreneur from a very old Saint-Vaast family of merchants and chandlers, acquired thisvery beautiful property.After three years’ research in the National, Civil and Military, Departmental (departments 50, 57, and 76), Municipal and Familyarchives, Edmond Thin here brings to life a true family saga spread over four centuries, based on the totally unpublished storyof the Durécu domain; the story of three families, country gentlemen or simple citizens, not forgetting their spouses – womenwho were often remarkable and just as involved in the social fabric of their times.

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