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Henri IV - An unfinished reign


Michel Eyquem de Montaigne


Michel Eyquem de Montaigne was a French writer and the author of the Essais.

He was an adviser to the Parlement de Bordeaux, gentleman of the bedchamber to Henri de Navarre (1577) and mayor of Bordeaux (1581–1585). Montaigne and Henri met often, and their correspondence is sizeable. On several occasions, Henri stayed at the château de Montaigne, where he listened carefully to the copious advice dispensed by his host.

Portrait of Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
© RMN / Gérard Blot
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, oil on canvas, French School, first quarter of the 17th century. Musée des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon

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