Marie-Anne-CHARLOTTE de CORDAY d'Armont


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Charlotte Corday (July 27th,1768/July 17th,1793), aristocrat with no wealth, French patriot, was born in Les Champeaux, a hamlet about five kilometers from Vimoutiers. Descended from the dramatist Pierre Corneille, on her mother line, adept of the philosophs Plutarch, Tacitus and Rousseau, sympathizer of the moderates, or Girondists, during the French Revolution, she determined to kill Jean-Paul Marat, Montagnard and radical Jacobins, whom she held responsible for the Reign of Terror. Charlotte went to Paris, she gained admittance to Marat's house on the pretext of disclosing to him the names of Girondins in the city of Caen. Marat suffering of skin problems, used to work in a bath. Charlotte is admitted in the room, and here stabbed him to death while he was in his bath. Charlotte was captured by Marat's friends before she could escape, and condemned by the revolutionary tribunal.


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In Lower Normandy ...



Amid orchards and pastoral lands, meadows and apple trees ... in the so lovely Pays d'Auge, in Normandy ...


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La Ferme du Ronceray



July 27, 1768 : Ferme du Ronceray des Ligneries(its), Charlotte was born in this farm where she spent her childhood. In 1774, she lived on the Ferme des bois - Mesnil-Imbert, and from 1776, in Caen, butte Saint Gilles, where his father settled near the court, due to a lawsuit opposing him to his wife's family for non-payment of rent.

Further to the division of France into departements and communes - 1789/1793 - the parish of Les Ligneries was split as follows : Le Ronceray joined to Les Champeaux and the Church of Saint-Saturnin-des-Ligneries to Ecorches.


La Ferme du Ronceray and Saint Saturnin des Ligneries church nowadays



St Saturnin des Ligneries - La Ferme des Bois


St Martin de Menil-Imbert - Charlotte's bench at church



July 28, 1768 : Charlotte Corday was baptized (Baptism record below) in the tiny church of Saint-Saturnin-des-Ligneries(its). Later, from la Ferme des bois, she used to go to church of Saint Martin du Menil-Imbert... (This church is in a state of ruins).


Church of Saint Saturnin des Ligneries nowadays

Church of Saint Martin de Menil Imbert nowadays




Manoir de Glatigny



The family would often stay in le Manoir de Glatigny near Saint Gervais des Sablons, less than 1 km from the Farm, and the eldest line of the Cordays's property... (The manor does not exist any longer, since 1916)...



Manoir de Cauvigny ...



... and le manoir de Cauvigny aka Château de Corday ...


Le Manoir de Cauvigny nowadays


... aka Château de Corday



... near le Mesnil-Imbert, Charlotte's paternal grandfther's property.


... >>> Charlotte Corday next : 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5



Enigmatic, fascinating indeed, Charlotte Corday was and remains one of the most emblematic figures of the French Revolution

The childhood The exaltation The murder In jail, the trial The guillotine Videos/CLIP/film Historical background




Charlotte's Baptism record :

"Ce vingt-huit de juillet mil sept cent soixante-huit, par nous soussigné curé, a été baptisée Marie-Anne-Charlotte née d'hier du légitime mariage de messire Jacques-François de Corday, écuyer, seigneur d'Armont et de noble dame Marie-Jacqueline de Gautier, son épouse, de cette paroisse; le parrain, messire Jean-Baptiste-Alexis de Gautier, écuyer, seigneur de Mesnival; la marraine, noble dame Françoise-Marie-Anne Levailant de Corday; le père présent.
Ont signé : Levaillant de Corday, de Gautier de Mesnival, Corday d'Armont, J.L. Pollard, curé des Ligneries"


The above transcription is the one which was given to Charlotte for her admittance in the Ladies's Abbey in Caen in 1782.

Her parents were Jacques-François de Corday and Marie-Jacqueline de Gautier,

Her godfather was Baptiste-Alexis de Gautier, her godmother was Françoise-Marie-Anne Levailant de Corday.