Works in focus

Charlotte Corday - Corneille’s heroine

“I killed one man to save 100,000”


An explanation for the crime must always be found. The Musée Départemental Pierre Corneille invites you to study the case of Charlotte Corday.

During her interrogation, Charlotte Corday justified her action by holding Marat responsible for the desolation of France, which had been ruined by the civil war he had unleashed. She wanted to kill the monster, and the members of the tribunal found it hard to believe her.
How could a lone young girl, with no accomplice, and even brought up on the tragedies of her grandfather, Pierre Corneille, be the murderer? It was unbelievable. Believable it was, however, and she was taken to the guillotine.



Charlotte Corday, assassin de Marat  Arbre généalogique des Corday Maison où naquit en 1768, Charlotte Corday, aux Champeaux, commune de St-Evroult-de-Montfort, canton de Gacé, dpt de l'Orne Maison de Charlotte Corday, rue St-Jean, n°148 à Caen Charlotte Corday, agée de 25 ans M.-A. Charlotte Corday Charlotte Corday au Tribunal Révolutionnaire (gauche), Interrogatoire et jugement de Marie-Anne Charlotte Corday, lettre à Barbaroux, opinion d'Adam Lux (droite). Charlotte Corday et Marat (1880)

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