Seigneur de Sainte-Évremond

Sainte-Évremond, Seigneur de


(Charles de Margue-tel de Saint-Denis). Born Apr. 1, 1610, or circa 1616, in Saint-Denis-le-Gast; died Sept. 20 or 29, 1703, in London. French writer.

Saint-Évremond was close to the court. As a result of his attacks on absolutism and on Cardinal Mazarin, he was exiled from France in 1661. A follower of P. Gassendi, Saint-Évremond was an exponent of freethinking in France. He voiced his anticlerical ideas in “Conversation of the Marshal d’Hocquincourt With Father Canaye” (1654). In “Reflections on the Diversified Character of the Romans During the Different Periods of the Republic” (1663) and other essays, Saint-Évremond established connections between political history and national psychology.


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