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He was born Jehan Desmaretz  at Mathieu, near Caen in 1463. He composed verses and they were liked by Michelle de Saubonne who was the wife of the Lord of Le château du Parc-Soubise situated in Mouchamps. For this she presented him to Anne of Brittany, Queen of France, and in 1506 he obtained the post of escripvain (a cross between poet laureate and historiographer). Clément was the child of his second wife.
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