Catherine de Meurdrac was raised in the Brie countryside of France and in Paris. She had lessons in riding, fencing, and shooting. In 1635, against her father's wishes, she married Jean de La Guette, a miltiary officer. She knew Madame de Sévigné, who mentions her in three letters. Madame de La Guette's autobiography, published in 1681, provides a rare and extraordinary account of women's daily life in 17th century France, raising 10 children, largely alone, and her heroism during the turmoil of the French civil wars known as the Fronde.