Michel de Montaigne biography
Michel de Montaigne was born on February 28, 1533, at the Château de Montaigne, near Bordeaux, France. His family was minor nobility and Montaigne studied law and served as counselor at the Bordeaux Parliament. He retired in 1571 to work on a series of philosophical essays, which were published in 1575 and for which he is best known. Montaigne also served as mayor of Bordeaux from 1581 to 1585. He died in France on September 13, 1592.