Died: Jul. 15, 1614 - Chateau Richemond, Dordogne, France
Educated at the College of France in Paris and the University of Poitiers, Bourdielle was the son of a nobleman and consequently spent a great deal of his youth at the court of the Queen of Navarre. In 1557, he was granted the Abbey of Brantome, although he was not interested in an ecclesiastical career. Nevertheless, he did use the title in writing his memoirs of the famous people that he had met during his life. He traveled Europe extensively and even visited Africa. In 1562, he took part in the civil war between the Catholics and Protestants and ended his military career twelve years later following the Perigord campaign. He was then appointed gentleman of the bed-chamber to Henry III and spent a number of years at court before a riding accident made him an invalid. He then began writing his now famous memoirs, which were not published however until 1655 as The Book of Illustrious Dames. They provide an interesting insight into life at court during the 16th and 17th centuries.
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