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, a supporter of the 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.
In jail, the trial
In Lower Normandy ...
Amid orchards and pastoral lands, meadows and apple trees ... in the so lovely
Pays d'Auge, in
To fly over this area :
in the XVIIIth century choose the map of Cassini
or nowadays, choose google earth
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 Lignerits church nowadays
Saturnin des Ligneries - La Ferme des Bois
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 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 ...
... aka Château de Corday
... near le Mesnil-Imbert, Charlotte's paternal grandfther's property.
... >>> Charlotte Corday next :
Baptism record :
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
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.
parents were Jacques-François de Corday and Marie-Jacqueline
godfather was Baptiste-Alexis de Gautier, her godmother was
Françoise-Marie-Anne Levailant de Corday.