Who is Joseph de Maistre?June 25, 2021
He was born in Chambery in 1753. His father was president of the Savoie senate. After completing his law studies in Turin, Maistre returned to his hometown where he lived a quiet life that lasted for about fifteen years. This life gave him the opportunity to read and collect extensive material for his future works.
Like all the prominent young nobles of Chambery at this time, he was sympathetic to new ideas. The influence of the ideas that dominated the eighteenth century is clearly seen in the official speeches of Maistre at this time. Maistre was exposed to the warnings of the palace because of these speeches. He has been known throughout his life as a liberal at court.
The floods of the French Revolution shook Maistre’s fondness for new ideas, and when the French armies entered his hometown of Savoie, he first went to Piedmont and then to Lausanne and started a struggle against the revolution. After a while, he left Lausanne and came to Venice.