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Becoming BourgeoisLove, Kinship, and Power in Provincial France, 1670-1880$
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Christopher H. Johnson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801453984

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801453984.001.0001

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Bourgeois de Vannes, Bourgeois de Paris

Bourgeois de Vannes, Bourgeois de Paris

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(p.60) Chapter Two Bourgeois de Vannes, Bourgeois de Paris
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Becoming Bourgeois
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Christopher H. Johnson

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801453984.003.0003

This chapter tells the story of Jean-Marie Galles and how he became one of the Parisian bourgeoisie, not only in title but also in spirit. When the family decided that Jean-Marie needed a Paris apprenticeship, he went to spend a year with his uncle’s master. On June 6, 1759, he was received as maître imprimeur-libraire de Vannes, but soon would be on his way back to the capital—a move that would begin to chart the Galles family’s place on a larger map. Jean-Marie Galles’s way was paved by his uncle and godfather, Jean-Nicolas, under circumstances not at all of the latter’s choosing. This chapter discusses the arrest and imprisonment of Jean-Nicolas Galles in February 1760 in the Bastille in Paris. It also describes the strong conjugal love between Jean-Nicolas and his wife, Jacquette Bertin, and how kinship enabled the Galles family to gain a monopoly of the book trade in Vannes. Finally, it examines Jean-Marie Galles’s love affair with a Parisienne that ended unhappily.

Keywords:   conjugal love, Jean-Marie Galles, Paris, bourgeoisie, Galles family, Jean-Nicolas Galles, Jacquette Bertin, kinship, book trade, Vannes

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