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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 Sibling Archipelago

The Sibling Archipelago

(p.125) Chapter Four The Sibling Archipelago
Becoming Bourgeois

Christopher H. Johnson

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the integration through marriage among the Galles, Jollivets, and Le Ridants—families who were already related through a vast sibling archipelago. The disappearance of Jacquette Bertin marked the end of an era. She had powered the Galles enterprise through a succession of difficult moments, the family’s social ascent, and promoted a fine match for her son that opened the way to a universe of social, intellectual, and political leadership across France. This chapter begins by focusing on the talented royalists who accommodated Napoléon Bonaparte as emperor of France before turning to René Jollivet and his involvement in local politics. It then considers the new generation of Galles, Jollivets, and Le Ridants and the families’ consolidation of class power. It also discusses the courtship and wedding of Adèle Jollivet and Eugène Galles to highlight the link between cousin marriage and the political integration of Vannes’s bourgeoisie.

Keywords:   marriage, sibling archipelago, royalists, Napoléon Bonaparte, René Jollivet, Adèle Jollivet, Eugène Galles, cousin marriage, Vannes, bourgeoisie

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