Les femmes au camp de Boulogne, 1803-1809. Éléments de réponse d’après l’état-civil des communes de Montreuil-sur-Mer, Étaples, Saint-Josse, Camiers, Dannes, Widehem

TitleLes femmes au camp de Boulogne, 1803-1809. Éléments de réponse d’après l’état-civil des communes de Montreuil-sur-Mer, Étaples, Saint-Josse, Camiers, Dannes, Widehem
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsPrévot, Chantal
JournalNapoleonica La Revue
Volume32
Issue2
Pagination49-63
Abstract

This journal article analyzes the social composition of the women and their families at the Boulogne garrison of the Napoleonic army between 1803 and 1809 based on the marriage and birth records of the communes in the region in which this garrison was related: Montreuil-sur-Mer, Étaples, Saint-Josse, Camiers, Dannes, and Widehem. The systematic consultation of the local records  provides an interesting source for the study the private lives of the soldiers and their families of the First  Empire. The long duration of the time spent in garrison  provides an exceptional sample. The data show  that half of the marriages were the result of relationships with women born outside the region, and the other half were marriages of circumstance with women of the region. The husbands were for the most part soldiers, men employed by the army administration, musicians or occasionally non-commission officers, but never officers. The majority of children were born out of wedlock, but many were recognized by the father and were given that man’s name.

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Translated TitleWomen at the Boulogne Camp, 1803-1809: Some Elements for a Description derived from the Marriages and Births Records of the Communes Montreuil-sur-Mer, Étaples, Saint-Josse, Camiers, Dannes, and Widehem
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