Honoré-Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau


Honoré-Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau (l. 1749-1791) was a French orator and nobleman who rose to prominence as a leader during the early stages of the French Revolution (1789-1799). From the disgraced and scandalized son of a distinguished marquis, Mirabeau's oratory skills would carry him to a new reputation as the voice of the people and a national hero.

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  • 9 Mar 1749
    Future French revolutionary leader Honoré-Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau, is born.
  • 1777 - 1782
    Mirabeau is imprisoned in the castle of Vincennes after the seduction and abduction of "Sophie" de Monnier; while imprisoned, he begins to write political treatises.
  • 23 Jun 1789
    During the Estates-General, Mirabeau makes his famous retort against a representative of the king, helping to solidify him as a revolutionary leader.
  • Jun 1790
    Mirabeau secretly meets with the captive Queen Marie Antoinette of France, begins to work in the king's interest after accepting his money.
  • 2 Apr 1791
    Comte de Mirabeau, revolutionary leader and advocate for a French constitutional monarchy, dies aged 42.