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Henri de Boulainvilliers

Birthplace: Saint-Saire, Seine-Maritime, Upper Normandy, France
Death: Died in Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Immediate Family:

Son of François de Boulainvilliers, comte de Saint-Saire and Suzanne de Boulainvilliers
Husband of Marie Henriette de Boulainvilliers
Father of Suzanne Marie Henriette de Boullainvilliers and Marie Henriette de La Fontaine Solare

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About Henri de Boulainvilliers

  • Anne Gabriel Henri Bernard, comte de Boulainvilliers, comte de Saint-Saire, né à Saint-Saire le 11 octobre 1658 et mort à Paris le 23 janvier 1722, est un historien et astrologue français.
  • Lire à la Bibliothèque Nationale de France: État de la France, dans lequel on voit tout ce qui regarde le gouvernement ecclésiastique, le militaire, la justice, les finances, le commerce, les manufactures, le nombre des habitans, & en général tout ce qui peut faire connoître à fond cette monarchie. Extrait des mémoires dressez par les intendans du royaume, par ordre du roi, Louis XIV... Avec des mémoires historiques sur l'ancien gouvernement de cette monarchie jusqu'à Hugues Capet. Par Monsieur le comte de Boulainvilliers. On y a joint une nouvelle carte de la France...
  • Henri de Boulainvilliers (born October 21, 1658 in Saint-Saire, Normandy; died January 23, 1722 in Paris) was a French writer and historian. Educated at the college of Juilly, he served in the army until 1697. He translated into French Spinoza's Ethics and wrote an analysis of his Theologico-Political Treatise, identifying Spinoza's conatus with the right of conquest and the "right of the strongest" of which he made large use in what has been considered as one of the first "theory of races," although it was very distinct from 19th century "scientific racism". The name is often rendered as de Boulainvilliers though he himself insisted on the autograph de Boulainviller. (R.Simon, s.d.)

The comte de Boulainviller traced his nobel lineage back to its offshoot from a branch of the House of Croÿ: Jean de Croÿ, sire de Clery et de Boulainviller, who died in the Battle of Poitiers (1356). At the time of his birth however, the family was impoverished. His wife, Marie-Anne Hurault des Marais, died at childbirth leaving him to care for four children. The eldest son was killed in the 1709 Battle of Malplaquet, and his other son died the same year.

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Henri de Boulainvilliers's Timeline

October 21, 1658
Saint-Saire, Seine-Maritime, Upper Normandy, France
Age 34
Age 37
January 23, 1722
Age 63
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France