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Sophie: "Even with the death of Master Templar Bourienne, one cannot ignore the fact that a strong ally of the Parisian Templar Rite is still operating within the Jacobin Club – a woman from the same family."
Pierre: "Who? Countess de Esternay? She'll be dealt with along with Robespierre. I've heard that Robespierre himself have been arrested by revolutionaries. The countess is soon out of the way."
―Sophie Trenet and Pierre Étienne discussing what should be done with the remaining Bourienne, 1794
Anne Bourienne
Anne Bourienne
Biographical information
Born

22 February, 1729
Poole, Great Britain

Died

28 July, 1794
(aged 65)
Paris, First French Republic

Political information
Affiliations

Templars

Real-world information
Appears in

Assassin's Creed: Changes
(mentioned)

Anne Bourienne (née Albany) (1729 – 1794) was an English-born noblewoman and Templar operating in Paris during the French Revolution – during which she became a member of the Jacobin Club, where she befriended Robespierre. She was the wife of Master Templar Bourienne, whom she had two children with: Portos and Baptiste Bourienne.

Biography Edit

Early life Edit

Anne was born and raised in southern England by both of her parents. Her grandfather however, was originally from France – and therefore, the both Anne and her parents could speak French. Anne was a beautiful woman, and when she became of age, there was many men who asked for her hand in holy matrimony. Anne wanted a Frenchman however – the clothing, the language, the balls, the titles. Everything about France seemed so tempting, so Anne's mother decided to find a suitor from the country. The family had a little house in Calais where they spent the summer.

At a ball one day, Anne was introduced to count de Esternay. The man had been declared count at the age of 17, when his father died. Anne found the man interesting and decided there and then to share her life with him. A marriage was arranged, and Anne Albany now became known with the title Anne Bourienne, comtesse de Esternay.

French Revolution Edit

Status quo ante Edit

In the months before the outbreak of the Revolution, Anne had been framed in the L'Ami du people by Jean-Paul Marat – the latter's own newspaper – as a woman who wasted money on poor people. Anne found the article wrong-accusing, so she decided going to the Journal de Paris and print an article that framed Marat as a power-mad man who only sought to mess up the lives of people he hated.

This article fetched the interest of a person that wrote a letter to Anne, stating: "Marat is a mad man, and I am glad someone else see it. You have given me courage to test my limits. I will now watch his every move, make sure he doesn't act against the people he say he protect. – C."

Jacobin Club Edit

ACU Jacobin Club

Jacobin Club members

With the establishing of the Jacobin Club in 1789, at the outbreak of the French Revolution, Anne decided to join the club. As a member of the given organization, Anne at some point established contact with the Parisian Templar Maximilien de Robespierre. Robespierre was later presented to Anne's husband, Édmound-Louis, who Robespierre managed to bring up high in the Templar ranks. Anne herself was introduced to the Templar through Robespierre.

Anne developed a relationship with the lawyer, and on one occasion she had an affair with him – this resulted in nothing more than rumors however.

In the Club, Anne had entered as a moderate member – but she became more radicalized with years, influenced by Robespierre. While the latter's public view flourished, Anne worked behind the scenes. She served as his secretary, and she was undoubtedly a good one. During the French Revolution, Anne recommended François Hanriot for Robespierre when the latter wanted to eliminate the Girondists; Anne was the one who told Madame Flavigny where the food was transported; Anne was the little bird who told Hanriot about Danton's private letters; Anne was the one who had given a Swedish Templar to Méricourt so the first could report back to the Rite – and trying to make the Women's March more violently; and by adding a Swedish Templar, Anne created a contact between the Parisian and Swedish Templar Rite.

Death Edit

At the end of the Revolution, Anne had lost her family to the Assassins: her sons while carrying out dirty-work for the Templar Order, her husband while commanding them to do it. As one of the supporters of Robespierre, Anne had been captured along with him when he was arrested by revolutionaries. She managed to flee along with him however to the Hôtel de Ville – though by other streets than him. Arriving at the hotel, two guards show her way inside, stating that The Convention's soldiers would soon arrive – and they would protect the hotel. Anne thanked the men.

Finding Robespierre in a room, Anne was instructed to leave the hotel and go down to the docks. She would meet with a member of the Commune guards that would bring her out of the city with the help of the Seine. However, just as Anne was to leave the room, a man dressed in blue robes walked up to Robespierre. The latter took a pistol, pointing it at the Assassin that entered. The man took the pistol however. Anne tried to flee, but she was suddenly pushed back into the room by a woman with red hair. The Assassin said: "Élise?" The woman walked up to Robespierre while saying: "We don't have much time. Where is Germain?" Robespierre stated that he would never talk. Anne smiled about this, he would never give away the position of their Grand Master. Suddenly Robespierre was shot by Élise – both Anne and Robespierre screamed. The Assassin pointed Robespierre's pistol at her and shot – he recognized her as the Templar-lover of Robespierre, and a dangerous woman to let be left alive. Robespierre wrote something before Élise said: "The Temple. I should have known. I hope you enjoy revolutionary justice, monsieur." The two persons left the room, just as the revolutionaries entered. They saw Anne lying right by a column. The soldiers took both her and Robespierre out of the building to a carriage that would bring them both to the National Razor the following day, 28th July

Trivia Edit

  1. Anne is the French form of Anna, meaning "favor" or "grace".
  2. Bourienne is the name of a woman in Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace
  3. One of the sections, status quo ante, is latin for "the way things were before"
  4. The Templar that worked alongside Méricourt is the person titled "Amazon" during the memory Women's March
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