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FrenchBorn Véronique Delphine COUTURIER

French housewife who took numerous lovers and later committed suicide, she was said to have been the inspiration for Gustave Flaubert's novel Madame Bovary

Born on February 17, 1822 in La Rue-Saint-Pierre,France , France

Died on March 06, 1848 in Ry, France

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Delamare was the daughter of a wealthy land owner. She married an unexciting country doctor, and being bored, she took various lovers. She committed suicide by taking prussic acid (known today as hydrogen cyanide).

An 1848 article in the 'Journal de Rouen' in 1848 told about Doctor Delamare's wife's death in the village of Ry near Rouen, where the house of the Delamares and the tombstone of Delphine Delamare is still to be seen.


Delamare's adulterous affairs were the inspiration for the character of Emma Bovary in Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary in 1857.

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