Agoult, Marie Christine Sophie de Flavigny, comtesse d'

BORN 31 Dec 1805, Frankfurt am Main, Hessen - DIED 5 Mar 1876, Paris
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 54)

Marie Agoult was born in Germany as the daughter of the comte de Flavigny and Marie-Elisabeth Bethmann, the daughter of a rich banker. After the Bourbons regained power her family moved back to France and she was educated at the Sacré-Coeur convent in Paris.

She married count Charles d'Agoult in 1827, but she wasn't happy in this marriage. In 1833 she left him for Franz Liszt and she lived openly as his mistress until the affair ended around 1844. They had two daughters and a son. Their daughter Cosima married Richard Wagner. She wrote about her liaison with Liszt in "Nelida" (1846).

She turned to journalism and contributed frequently to the liberal french press, under the name Daniel Stern. Her "Essai sur la liberté" (1847) was praised by Sainte-Beuve. She took part in the revolution of 1848 and during the Second Empire her salon was a meeting point for the liberal opposition. Before she died in 1876 she had written her memoirs and they were published as "Mes Souvenirs, 1806-1833" (1877) and " Mémoires 1833-1854" (1927).

• Daughter: Liszt, Cosima
• Son: Liszt, Daniel

Related persons
• was the lover of Liszt, Franz

20/4/1856Hans von Bülow asks Franz Liszt for the hand of his daughter Cosima. At first Liszt wouldn't give his blessing because he thought Bülow, with his strange moods and headaches, a scary person. He hoped that she would marry a nobleman. After Cosima's mother Marie d'Agoult declared herself against the marriage, Liszt changed his mind and gave his approval. [Bülow, Hans von][Liszt, Cosima][Liszt, Franz]


The grave of Marie Agoult (also known as Daniel Stern) at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (06 Mar 1995)


• Marek, George R., Cosima Wagner, Ein Leben für ein Genie, Knaur, München, 1993
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909

Aguado, Arthur

Published: 7 Apr 2007
Last update: 2 Jun 2018