Mers-les-Bains: Jean-Claude Flament revives the memory of the Filles du Roy in a book

Mers-les-Bains: Jean-Claude Flament revives the memory of the Filles du Roy in a book
Mers-les-Bains: Jean-Claude Flament revives the memory of the Filles du Roy in a book

By Jerome Buresi
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1 May 24 at 11:44

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Do you know the Filles du Roy?

To populate New France, the French colonies of North America, the King Louis XIV encouraged the departure of young women to the other side of the Atlantic.

The objective was to marry to settlers and to form families. There will be nearly 800 of them to leave the kingdom.

It was this story that interested Jean-Claude Flamentresident of Mers-les-Bains, in the Sumin his new novel, published in self-publishing, Jehanne, daughter of the King.

The resident of Mers-les-Bains explains: “It was while visiting Dieppe (Seine-Maritime) that I started to be interested in this subject.

Several of these women in fact left the port of Dieppe. In the city, plaques pay tribute to them.

” She has a bold personality ! »

It is through the historical novel that he tackles this issue. “It’s the form that I like the most, because it allows me to convey a lot of things and I learn facts myself.”

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If the events and certain characters are real, the heroine Jehanne is fictitious.

“We said they were prostitutes, but not at all,” comments Jean-Claude Flament. Jehanne is an orphan from Dieppe, raised in a convent. Rather than taking the veil, she embarks for North America.

Arriving there, the young women receive a dowry and meet suitors. “I didn’t want a submissive heroine or, conversely, a rebel, but a woman with character and she will show it! »

Several book fairs

If you wish to delve into this reading, Jean-Claude Flament will be present at various book fairs in Friville-Escarbotin (Somme) on May 12, 2024, at Tréport (Seine-Maritime) on May 19, and in Eu (Seine-Maritime). ) on May 25 and 26.

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