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Marie_Durand

1711 - 1776

Marie Durand (1711-1776) was from a poor Protestant (Huguenot) family, and lived in France during the viciously intolerant Catholic ancien regime. When the authorities arrested her father in 1728, he hastily arranged a marriage for his young daughter to a man twenty-five years her senior - in the vain hope that this man would be able to protect her.