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Ballanche, Pierre Simon
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Ballanche, Pierre Simon, * 4 Aug 1776 (Lyons), † 12 Jun 1847 (Paris)

The Ballanche family owned a publishing house in Lyons. An encounter with Juliette Récamier during her period of exile under Napoleon transformed Pierre-Simon's ambitions. Upon his father's death in 1816, Ballanche sold the business and moved the next year to Paris, where he devoted the rest of his life to private study and chaste devotion to Mme. Récamier. Ballanche held himself above the political factionalism of the Restoration era, beli…

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McCalla, Arthur, “Ballanche, Pierre Simon”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_034>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031

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