Berengar of Tours (c. 999–January 6, 1088) was a French 11th century Christian theologian and Archdeacon of Angiers, a scholar whose leadership of the cathedral school at Chartres set an example of intellectual inquiry through the revived tools of dialectic that was soon followed at cathedral schools of Laon and Paris, and who disputed with the Church leadership over the doctrine of transubstantiation in the Eucharist.
Honoré de Balzac (20 May 1799 – 18 August 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of almost 100 novels, short stories and plays collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the fall of Napoléon Bonaparte in 1815. Due to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature.
Louise Françoise de La Baume Le Blanc de La Vallière, Duchess of La Vallière and Vaujours (August 6, 1644 – June 7, 1710) was a mistress of Louis XIV of France from 1661 to 1667. She later became the duchesse de la Vallière and duchesse de Vaujours in her own right. Unlike her rival, Madame de Montespan, she has no surviving descendants.
Jean Fouquet or Jehan Fouquet (1420–1481) was a preeminent French painter of the 15th century, a master of both panel painting and manuscript illumination, and the apparent inventor of the portrait miniature. He was the first French artist to travel to Italy and experience at first hand the Italian Early Renaissance.
Georges Courteline (June 25, 1858 – June 25, 1929) was a French dramatist and novelist. Born Georges Victor Marcel Moinaux, in Tours in the Indre-et-Loire département, his family moved to Paris shortly after his birth. During the time of the Paris Commune, at age 13, he was sent to study at Collège de Meaux and after graduation in 1876, he went on to serve in the French military before taking a job as a civil servant.
Emile Delahaye (October 16, 1843 – June 1, 1905) was a French automotive pioneer who founded Delahaye Automobiles. Emile Delahaye was born in Tours, Indre-et-Loire, in the Loire Valley. He studied engineering at a trade school in the city of Angers, the same school later attended by Louis Delâge, another automobile pioneer. For a time, Delahaye worked in Belgium before returning to Tours where he was married in 1873.
Yolande de Valois (Tours, 23 September 1434 – 23 August 1478, Chambéry) was the daughter of King Charles VII of France, "The Victorious," and Marie d'Anjou. She married Duke Amadeus IX of Savoy in 1452. She was named after her grandmother, Yolande of Aragon. Her husband's retiring disposition and epilepsy left her in control of the state, to struggle with the Savoyard barons. After his death in March 1472, she became regent for her son Philibert until her own death.
Yves Bonnefoy (born June 24, 1923) is a French poet and essayist. Bonnefoy was born in Tours, Indre-et-Loire, the son of a railroad worker and a teacher. His works have been of great importance in post-war French literature, at the same time poetic and theoretical, examining the meaning of the spoken and written word. He has also published a number of translations, most notably Shakespeare and published several works on art and art history, including Miró and Giacometti.
Armand Trousseau (14 October 1801 — 27 June 1867) was a French internist. His contributions to medicine include Trousseau sign of malignancy, Trousseau sign of latent tetany, Trousseau-Lallemand bodies (an archaic synonym for Bence Jones cylinders), and the truism, "use new drugs quickly, while they still work."
Magdalena of Valois, also called Madeleine de France (1 December 1443, Tours - 21 January 1495, Pamplona), was a daughter of Charles VII of France and Marie of Anjou, and acted as regent for her children, Francis I and Catherine I, who were successively monarchs of Navarre. She married Gaston, Prince of Viana, son and heir of Gaston IV, Count of Foix and Eleanor of Navarre, at Saint-Jean-d'Angély in 1461.
Charles de Valois (26 December 1446 – 24 May 1472) was the son of Charles VII, King of France and Marie of Anjou. He spent most of his life plotting against his brother Louis XI and held the title Charles II, Duke of Normandy. He would be Charles V of Aquitaine (Guyenne) if you count Charles, 5th Dauphin; the Carolingian kings of Aquitaine: Charles I of Aquitaine, Charles II the Bald), and Charles III the Child.
Father René Laurentin was born in Tours, France, on October 19, 1917, to Marie and Maurice Laurentin, an architect. After finishing his secondary studies at the Institution of Sainte Marie de Chole, he entered the Seminary in Paris at the Catholic Institute in October 1934 at the age of 17 where he excelled in his studies, specifically Philosophy, specializing in Saint Thomas Aquinas. In 1938 he earned a degree in Philosophy from the Sorbonne.
Jean-Pierre Robert is a French double bass player and author. In 1979, first prize of double bass of superior national Conservatoire of Paris, he becomes a musician of Ensemble l'Itinéraire steered by Michaël Levinas. He stays there until 2003, and has numerous collaborations with Ensemble Intercontemporain of Pierre Boulez, while claiming a " almighty need to dislearn ".
Théophile Archambault (February 19, 1806 – December 12, 1863) was a French psychiatrist who was a native of Tours. He studied in Angers and Paris, and later worked under psychiatrist Jean-Étienne Dominique Esquirol (1772–1840) in Paris. In 1840 he became assistant to François Leuret (1797–1851) at the Bicêtre hospital, and soon afterwards was tasked with re-organization of the Maréville asylum in Nancy.
Juste de Juste (ca. 1505 – ca. 1559) was a Franco-Italian sculptor and printmaker in etching, a member of the Betti family of sculptors from near Florence, who became known as the Juste family in France, where Juste de Juste's father Antonio and his two brothers emigrated and spent most of their careers. Juste de Juste has been widely accepted as the author of seventeen etchings of naked or écorché (flayed) male figures signed with a complicated monogram.