Vergeot, Eléonore

BORN 3 Sep 1820, Estouilly, Somme - DIED 4 Aug 1886, Les Vésinet, Yvelines
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière de Montmartre, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 02, ligne 04, numéro 30, Avenue de la Croix)

Eléonore Vergeot was the daughter of the weaver Antoine Vergeot. She was known as Alexandrine. Her mother was Marie-Louise Camus. After Louis Napoleon Bonaparte was sentenced to life imprisonment at the fortress of Ham in 1840 she became his maid. He liked her blue eyes and he taught her orthography. She delivered him two children in return. When he planned his escape in 1846 he sent her and the children away and Eléonore left him crying.

Louis Napoleon escaped from Ham and subsequently she became the lover of Pierre Bure, whom she had met during his visits to Louis Napoleon in Ham. In 1852 Louis Napoleon became emperor Napoleon III and in 1858 she married Bure. He recognised the son she had born him as well as the two children by Louis.

Her husband died in 1882 in Paris and was buried at the Montmartre Cemetery. Eléonore died in 1886 and was buried beside him.

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20/5/1846Mistress Alexandrine leaves Louis Napoleon Bonaparte. She was his maid as well as his lover during his imprisonment at the fortress Ham. Because he was planning to escape he sent her and their two children away. At eight in the morning she left the fortress crying, together with the children. [Napoleon III Bonaparte]


The grave of Eléonore Vergeot at the Montmartre Cemetery, Paris.
Picture by Androom (03 Nov 2016)


The grave of Eléonore Vergeot at the Montrmartre Cemetery, Paris.
Picture by Androom (03 Nov 2016)


Historia 454, Tallandier, Paris, 1984
• Vanoyeke, Violaine, Les Bonaparte, Criterion, Paris, 1991
Eléonore Vergeot — Wikipédia

Verhoeven, Paul

Published: 20 Nov 2016
Last update: 22 Oct 2022