Simone Évrard

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Simone Évrard
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Born(1764-02-06)February 6, 1764
DiedFebruary 24, 1824(1824-02-24) (aged 60)
Paris, France
Years active1788-1824
Known forwife of Jean-Paul Marat
Notable work
publication of Marat's "Political and Patriotic Works"

Simone Évrard (Madame Marat) , born in Tournus, in Saône-et-Loire on (1764-02-06)February 6, 1764 and died in Paris, Boulevard du Palais (Paris)|rue de la Barillerie, on February 24, 1824, was the common-law wife of French Revolutionary leader Jean-Paul Marat.


Simone Évrard lived in Paris with her sister, Catherine Évrard, whose husband, Jean Antoine Corne, was a typographer at L'Ami du peuple, the newspaper of Jean-Paul Marat. In her Reply to the detractors of L'Ami du Peuple, Marat's sister Albertine describes the year 1791 as a particularly difficult year for her brother.

Simone intervened in Marat's life at a time when he needed support in every way. He was very isolated, even from the patriots, and his situation was very precarious materially. François Chèvremont's knowledge of the Évrard family allows us to understand how Simone was able to help Marat publish his "Placards" in August and September 1792 and to resume his "Journal" at the end of September.

Numerous testimonies of the time show that Simone was well recognized as Marat's wife, who signed a promise of marriage to her, before having to flee for a while to England, published in the Journal de la Montagne. A large part of Marat's published in this same Journal, a letter dated 22 August 1793, where they recognize Simone Évrard as their "sister".

After the assassination of the Friend of the People, Simone remained in Paris, living with Albertine Marat, and watching over the memory of her lover. She began the publication of Marat's "Political and Patriotic Works", but the presses having been taken away from her after Thermidor, she was able to publish only one volume.

Simone Evrard died in 1824, at the age of 60, from a fall on the stairs.


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