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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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The Revolutions of the Galles

The Revolutions of the Galles

(p.83) Chapter Three The Revolutions of the Galles
Becoming Bourgeois

Christopher H. Johnson

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the revolutions of the Galles family—that is, their ups and downs. With the death of Jean-Nicolas, coupled with the distance of Jean-Marie and the apparent ennui/poor health of Nicolas, the task of managing the family’s publishing business was assumed by Jacquette Bertin. Jacquette planned to find a husband for her daughter Perrine in the world of print in Lorient. Perrine eventually met Julien Le Jeune. This chapter first discusses the marriage of Perrine Galles and Julien Le Jeune and Jean-Marie Galles’s approval of their union. It then looks at the key members of the Galles’s inner circle, namely, the Jollivets and the Le Ridants, and how their fortunes intertwined. It also considers the bourgeois ascent and cultural leadership of the Galles and concludes by assessing the fate of the Galles–Jollivet–Le Ridant family after the French Revolution. It shows that all three families profited from the revolution socially, economically, and politically to become true bourgeoisie in Vannes.

Keywords:   marriage, publishing, Jacquette Bertin, Perrine Galles, Julien Le Jeune, Jean-Marie Galles, Galles–Jollivet–Le Ridant family, French Revolution, bourgeoisie, bourgeois ascent

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