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Théroigne de Méricourt (1762 - 1817)

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Anne-Josèphe Théroigne de Méricourt (born Anne-Josèphe Terwagne; 13 August 1762–1817), a French woman who was a figure in the French Revolution, was born at Marcourt (from a corruption of which name she took her usual designation), a small town in Luxembourg province in modern Belgium, on the banks of the Ourthe. She appears to have been well educated, having been brought up in the convent of Robermont. She was quick-witted, strikingly handsome in appearance and intensely passionate in temper; and she had a vigorous eloquence, which she used with great effect upon the mobs of Paris during that short space of her life (1789-1793) which alone is of historical interest....

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