La Fontaine (1621 – 1695)
La Fontaine was born in Château-Thierry on 8 July 1621, entered the Oratory as ...a novice at the age of twenty and was a husband and father at twenty-six.
Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)
Alexandre Dumas, master of the historic novel, once said: "What is History? A ...nail on which I hang my novels". To which Michelet replied: "You have taught people more about history than all the historians put together."