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Michel de Montaigne (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
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He grew up on a wealthy estate as an only child; two of his siblings, who would have been older than him, died as children. To do this, he had Latin be the first language of Montaigne. He himself tried only spoke Latin to his son and he hired Latin-speaking servants on the estate where they lived and only speak Latin to Montaigne.
They were originally written in Middle French and were originally published in the Kingdom of France. Montaigne's stated design in writing, publishing and revising the Essays over the period from approximately to was to record "some traits of my character and of my humours. Montaigne wrote in a rather crafted rhetoric designed to intrigue and involve the reader, sometimes appearing to move in a stream-of-thought from topic to topic and at other times employing a structured style that gives more emphasis to the didactic nature of his work. His arguments are often supported with quotations from Ancient Greek , Latin , and Italian texts such as De rerum natura by Lucretius  and the works of Plutarch. Furthermore, his Essays were seen as an important contribution to both writing form and skepticism.