Bonnemains, Marguerite, Vicomtesse de

BORN 19 Dec 1855, Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, Manche - DIED 16 Jul 1891, Brussel
BIRTH NAME Brouzet, Caroline Laurence Marquerite
GRAVE LOCATION Brussel: Ixelles Cimetière (Avenue 3)

Marguerite Bonnemains was born Marquerite Brouzet. She was a handsome and wealthy daughter of the bourgeoisie and in 1874 she married Pierre de Bonnemains, the son of General the Vicomte de Bonnemains. They marriage failed and they were divorced in 1888. In 1887 she became the lover of the French general and minister Boulanger and she died in his arms in July 1891. At his request 'A bientôt' ('See you soon') was engraved on her tomb. Two months later he shot himself in front of her grave and 'Ai-je bien pu vivre deux mois et demi sans toi?' ('Did I really live two and a half months without you?') was added to the epitaph.

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General Boulanger committed suicide at the grave of his beloved Marguerite Bonnemains at the cemetery of Ixelles, Brussels. He was buried beside her.
Picture by Androom (15 Aug 1994)


The tombstone of General Boulanger and his beloved Marguerite Bonnemains at Ixelles Cimetière, Brussels.
Picture by Androom (15 Aug 1994)


• Ros, Martin, Bloednacht Mayerling, Hadewijch, Antwerpen, 1989

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Published: 01 Jan 2006
Last update: 25 Apr 2022