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Chateaubriand, François René de
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(Sep 4, 1768, Saint-Malo – Jul 4, 1848, Paris). The French writer and politician François Chateaubriand fled from the French Revolution in 1791 and traveled through North America (Voyage en Amérique, pub. 1827); in 1792 he returned, married, and joined the Royalist Army. Wounded, he emigrated to England in 1793 and stayed for seven years. There he wrote a book about ancient and modern revolutions (Essai historique sur les révolutions, 1797). After the death of his mother (which seems to have been a kind of conversion experience for him), he began …

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Siepe, Hans T., “Chateaubriand, François René de”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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