Title: Marriage Contract of Messire Ambroise-François Hardy de Levare, Grand Marshal of France, and Jeanne Perrier de L’hommeau, June 13 1783
A late 18th century marriage contract between Ambroise-François Hardy de Levare, of the Famille Hardy, being one of the more notable families of Lavel, and Jeanne Perrier de L’hommeau.
The Famille Hardy has a long and rich history, going back at far as Emery Hardy, who lived at la Bellangerie, located in Genest in 1342, during the Middle Ages.
Of de Lévaré, he was born on July 20, 1749. He served as squire and Grand Marshal of lodging to the Maison du Roi, being the King's household. As marshal, he oversaw lodging of the king, of the court and of the royal household. His tenure also happened to last during the untimely reign of Louis XVI, the last king of France before the fall of the monarchy during the French Revolution.
He also had two children, one of them inherited the Beauvais estate, and died without an heir, eventually selling the estate to his business partner around 1855. Thus, came an end to the Famille Hardy.
One manuscript in quarto, ten leaves
On note of condition, this manuscript is in fair shape, with the original silk ties still present to the contract, and some staining present to the covers. The bottom right corner has become extremely stained and worn down, with small bits flaking off, though the text in that space is still largely legible. The rest of the manuscript is largely clean.