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Étienne de La Boétie House
Sarlat, France

La Boétie was born in Sarlat, in the Périgord region of southwest France, in 1530, to an aristocratic family. His father was a royal official of the Périgord region and his mother was the sister of the president of the Bordeaux Parlement (assembly of lawyers).

Orphaned at an early age, he was brought up by his uncle and namesake, the curate of Bouilbonnas, and received his law degree from the University of Orléans in 1553. His great and precocious ability earned La Boétie a royal appointment to the Bordeaux Parlement the following year, despite his being under the minimum age. There he pursued a distinguished career as judge and diplomatic negotiator until his untimely death in 1563, at the age of thirty-two.

La Boétie was also a distinguished poet and humanist. La Boétie opposed religious toleration, arguing that allowing Protestants and Catholics to both conduct worship services would undermine the crown.

He served with Montaigne in the Bordeaux parlement and is immortalized in Montaigne's essay on friendship.
Photos taken in November 2015

Drawing source: Constitution Society: Discourse on Voluntary Servitude (online Dec. 2015)

Renaissance style  ... 16th century ... The house of his birth still stands opposite the cathedral

Crocketed gable roof

Renaissance style

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Photos and their arrangement © 2015 Chuck LaChiusa
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