Jules Michelet

1798 - 1874

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Jules Michelet (French: [ʒyl miʃ.lɛ]; 21 August 1798 – 9 February 1874) was a French historian. He was born in Paris to a family with Huguenot traditions. In his 1855 work, Histoire de France (History of France), Jules Michelet was the first historian to use and define the word Renaissance ('Re-birth' in French) as a period in Europe's cultural history that represented a drastic break from the Middle Ages (which he loathed), creating a modern understanding of humanity and its place in the world. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jules Michelet has received more than 267,619 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Jules Michelet is the 494th most popular writer (up from 520th in 2019), the 562nd most popular biography from France (up from 590th in 2019) and the 87th most popular French Writer.

Jules Michelet is most famous for his book "The History of France" which he wrote in the 1800s. The book covers the history of France from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution.

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Among writers, Jules Michelet ranks 494 out of 5,794Before him are Mary Higgins Clark, Erich Kästner, Jean Paul, Washington Irving, Saint-John Perse, and Robert A. Heinlein. After him are Ludvig Holberg, George Eliot, Allen Ginsberg, D. H. Lawrence, Octavio Paz, and Muhammad Iqbal.

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Among people born in 1798, Jules Michelet ranks 6Before him are Auguste Comte, Eugène Delacroix, Adam Mickiewicz, Alexandra Feodorovna, and Pedro I of Brazil. After him are Giacomo Leopardi, Charles Albert of Sardinia, Marie-Caroline of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess of Berry, Archduchess Clementina of Austria, August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben, and Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich of Russia. Among people deceased in 1874, Jules Michelet ranks 3Before him are Anders Jonas Ångström and Millard Fillmore. After him are François Guizot, Adolphe Quetelet, David Strauss, Johann Philipp Reis, Archduke Karl Ferdinand of Austria, Maria Teresa, Princess of Beira, Cochise, Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmüller, and August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben.

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In France

Among people born in France, Jules Michelet ranks 562 out of 5,234Before him are Luc Besson (1959), Maurice Jarre (1924), Paul Dukas (1865), Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot (1725), Élisabeth Charlotte d'Orléans (1676), and Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle (1760). After him are Joseph Joffre (1852), Pauline Bonaparte (1780), René of Anjou (1409), Louis-Alexandre Berthier (1753), Emmanuel Macron (1977), and Ansgar (801).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Jules Michelet ranks 87Before him are Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848), J. M. G. Le Clézio (1940), Louis Aragon (1897), Gérard de Nerval (1808), Anaïs Nin (1903), and Boris Vian (1920). After him are George Steiner (1929), Héloïse (1101), Camille Flammarion (1842), Charles, Duke of Orléans (1394), René Guénon (1886), and Paul Claudel (1868).