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Elizabeth Harlan

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300104172

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300104172.001.0001

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The Importance of Being Marie-Aurore de Saxe

The Importance of Being Marie-Aurore de Saxe

(p.10) Chapter Two The Importance of Being Marie-Aurore de Saxe
George Sand

Elizabeth Harlan

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Marie-Aurore de Saxe, illegitimate daughter of Marie Rinteau, the former mistress of her father Maurice de Saxe, marshal of the French Army. Due to her young age at the time of her father's death, Maurice could not have made much of an impression on Marie-Aurore. Nevertheless, the connection with such a powerful and prominent man was the shaping force of Marie-Aurore's life. Over the course of two decades, Marie-Aurore made repeated attempts to be acknowledged officially as the “natural” daughter of the marshal de Saxe and to obtain from the French government the financial support to which she was, as such, entitled. Her education, social position, and livelihood, and ultimately the destiny of her granddaughter Aurore Dupin depended upon this recognition.

Keywords:   illegitimate daughter, Marie-Aurore de Saxe, Marie Rinteau, Maurice de Saxe, natural daughter, French government

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