THE ILLUMINISM: Beaumarchais Pierre Augustin Caron de

1721 Date of birth of Madame de Pompadour


24 January the date of his birth, in Paris.


He is known as a good watch and clock maker.

1745 The arrival of Madame de Pompadour at the court


Thanks to a new device in watch making (that he invents and disputes with the famous Lepaute), he is introduced at the court of the King.
He becomes watch and clock maker of both the King and Madame de Pompadour.


He becomes “Contrôleur de la bouche” in Versailles.


He got married and takes the name of Beaumarchais, that shares with his favourite sister, Julie.


He meets Lenormant D’Etiolles, husband of Madame de Pompadour, and writes a few shows for the private theatre of Etiolles.


He becomes Master of Harp of the daughters of the King, Louis XV.


Beaumarchais meets the financer Paris-Duverney who helps him in business.


He becomes Secretary of the King.


He becomes Lieutenant of the Hunting.

1764 The death of Madame de Pompadour


He travels for business on behalf of the Count Duverney.
He even takes care of the problem of his sister Lisette, who works as dressmaker in Madrid, because she has been left by her fiancée.
He will tell about this adventure later, in the novel “Quatrième Mèmoire contre Goezman”.


He is allowed to exhaust the forest of Chinon.
The first performance of “Eugene” at the Comedie Française.


He got married for the second time with a young widow, Mme L’Eveque.


The performance and failure of a second drama “Les Deux Amis”.
After the death of Duverney, he owns a few rights on his properties, but the heiress, the Count La Blanche, is against him.
The death of Mme Beaumarchais.


He becomes a secret agent of Louis XV.
The draw up of “Le Barbier de Sèville”, first as a parade secondly as a humorous play.


“Le Barbier de Sèville” arrives at the Comedie Française.
Beaumarchais is imprisoned because of his dispute with the Duke of Chaulnes.
He lost the court of appeal against La Blanche because of the Goezman affair.
The judge and Beaumarchais accuse each other of corruption, renewing the war between the parliaments.
The “Memoires contre Goezman” makes him famous outside France.


The mission in England, the Netherlands and Austria.
Beaumarchais is blamed (he is socially dead) and Goezman is “put aside the court”.


In London, the negotiations with the knight d’Eon.
In February 23 there is the first performance of “Le Barbier de Séville” at the Comédie.


His value is restored and the Public Treasure gives him money to organize an expedition in America to help the rebels.
Due to this expedition, he founds a House of Trading the “Roderigue Hortalez et Cie”.


The date of birth of Eugènie de Beaumarchais. He founds the Society of Dramatic Actors, in order to give them the opportunity to receive a better wage.


The end of the Le Blanche affair: the court of Aix en Provence absolves Beaumarchais.


The debut of the editing of Voltaire’s works, as well as Rousseau’s, La Bruyere’s and many others.


The acknowledgement of the Society of Dramatic Actors.


“Le Mariage de Figaro” is received by the Comédie Française.
The beginning of the Kornman affair: Beaumarchais, protected by the prince of Nassau-Siegen, defends the lady who is persecuted by the banker Konman.
He has to fight in order to perform “Le Mariage de Figaro”.


Despite facing a lot of problems to perform the play “Le Mariage de Figaro”, he is busy working.


In March he is charged for having injured the king and imprisoned for a few days, while the editing of Voltaire’s work is prevented.
In April 27, the creation of “Le Mariage de Figaro”.


“Le Barbier de Séville” is performed at the court (Marie Antoinette plays Rosine).


He got married with Marie-Thèrèse de Willermaulas.


He acquires an estate by the Bastille and builds a sumptuous house. He writes “Tartare” (the music is written by Salieri).


The third memoir against Kornman is published.


The end of the editing of Voltaire’s works, a financial failure.
The draw up of “La mere coupable”.


The debut of the affair “Des fusils en Hollande”.
Beaumarchais tries to buy arms for the French Army.
He is arrested and, luckily, escapes the massacre in September.
“La mere coupable” or “L’autre Tartuffe”.


He emigrates to live in the Netherlands and in Germany.


He cannot return to France.


He returns in Paris.


In May 18, Beaumarchais dies in Paris.