Madame de Brinvilliers

1630 - 1676

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Marie-Madeleine d'Aubray, Marquise de Brinvilliers (22 July 1630 – 16 July 1676) was a French aristocrat who was accused and convicted of murdering her father and two of her brothers in order to inherit their estates. After her death, there was speculation that she poisoned upwards of 30 sick people in hospitals to test out her poisons, but these rumors were never confirmed. Her alleged crimes were discovered after the death of her lover and co-conspirator, Captain Godin de Sainte-Croix who saved letters detailing dealings of poisonings between the two. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Madame de Brinvilliers has received more than 231,162 page views. Her biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 15 in 2019). Madame de Brinvilliers is the 49th most popular extremist (down from 44th in 2019), the 1,033rd most popular biography from France (down from 999th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Extremist.

Madame de Brinvilliers is most famous for being the first woman to be executed by the guillotine in France. She was convicted of poisoning her father and two brothers.

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Among extremists, Madame de Brinvilliers ranks 49 out of 209Before her are George Jung, Henri Désiré Landru, Jeffrey Dahmer, Sawney Bean, Fritz Haarmann, and Pavlik Morozov. After her are Abu Nidal, Butch Cassidy, Patrizia Reggiani, Edmund Kemper, George Stinney, and Gudrun Ensslin.

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Among people born in 1630, Madame de Brinvilliers ranks 5Before her are Charles II of England, Stenka Razin, Sophia of Hanover, and Eleonora Gonzaga. After her are Hennig Brand, Ranuccio II Farnese, Duke of Parma, Olaus Rudbeck, Josefa de Óbidos, Sigismund Francis, Archduke of Austria, Ludolf Bakhuizen, and Louis VI, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt. Among people deceased in 1676, Madame de Brinvilliers ranks 7Before her are Pope Clement X, Alexis of Russia, Sabbatai Zevi, Michiel de Ruyter, Francesco Cavalli, and Köprülüzade Fazıl Ahmed Pasha. After her are Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen, Claudia Felicitas of Austria, Princess Henriette Adelaide of Savoy, Carl Gustaf Wrangel, Margravine Louise Charlotte of Brandenburg, and Paul Gerhardt.

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In France

Among people born in France, Madame de Brinvilliers ranks 1,033 out of 6,011Before her are Louis Auguste, Duke of Maine (1670), Henry Louis Le Chatelier (1850), Henri Giraud (1879), Jean-Louis Barrault (1910), Anne de Montmorency (1493), and Lili Boulanger (1893). After her are Émile Gallé (1846), Robert de Sorbon (1201), Jean-Baptiste Dumas (1800), Eugène Scribe (1791), Étienne-Jules Marey (1830), and Séraphine Louis (1864).

Among EXTREMISTS In France

Among extremists born in France, Madame de Brinvilliers ranks 3Before her are Gilles de Rais (1405) and Henri Désiré Landru (1869). After her are Jean II, Duke of Alençon (1409), Robert-François Damiens (1715), Michel Fourniret (1942), Jacques Mesrine (1936), Édouard Vaillant (1840), and Zacarias Moussaoui (1968).