Fun Facts Friday: Cyrano de Bergerac

Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac (6 March, 1619 – 28 July, 1655) was a French author and playwright whose work was rooted in being devoid of most moral principles, responsibility, and/or sexual restraints (libertine) of the first half of the seventeenth century.
He was also a duelist.

  1. We only know of several significant chapters from de Bergerac’s life, as he only lived to be 36 years old, and most of his life was poorly documented.
  2. His parents married when his mother, Espérance Bellanger, was about 26 years old. His father, Abel I de Cyrano, was about 45 at the time.
  3. Savinien was his grandfather’s name, who passed away before he was born. His mother was around 33 years old, and his father was 53.
  4. The author had at least five siblings.
  5. His school as a child consisted of a parish priest teaching him to read and write. We know this because his fellow student and friend, Henry Le Bret, became his biographer.
  6. We don’t know when de Bergerac got to Paris. We do know he stayed with his uncle Samuel de Cyrano and continued his secondary education.
  7. When he was 19 years old, de Bergerac enlisted a corps of the guards from 1639 to 1640. Since he was an officer and a nobleman, even a though a minor one, he was known for boasting and dueling.
  8. De Bergerac left the military to pursue literature.
  9. Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac died at  the age of 36, to this day we do not know the cause but there is strong evidence to believe that his death was the result of a botched assassination attempt.
  10. French poet Edmond Rostand published the play Cyrano de Bergerac, a mostly fictional biography. The successful play has been adapted to operas, movies, and even a ballet.

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