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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

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

Christopher H. Johnson

Cornell University Press

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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