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Agrippa d'Aubigné was born at the Château de Saint-Maury near Pons to an aristocratic French Huguenot (Protestant) family. He studied in Paris, Orléans, Geneva, and Lyon before joining the Huguenot forces in the Wars of Religion, serving as a soldier, a writer, and as an advisor to the young Henri of Navarre, the future King Henri IV. To become king, Henri converted to the Roman Catholic faith, and d'Aubigné left his service to return to his own estates. When Queen Marie de Médicis became regent following Henri IV's assassination, she embraced the Counter Reformation and in 1620 d'Aubigné was proscribed. He fled to Geneva, where he lived for the rest of his life. His famous epic poem, Les Tragiques, begun in 1577, was first published in 1616 and reworked until 1630; he also wrote prose works such as Histoire Universelle (The Universal History), published in 1616. His granddaughter Françoise d'Aubigné, Madame de Maintenon, became first the mistress and then the secret wife of King Louis XIV.
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