Although the father of Charlotte Corday, the Seigneur d’Armont [Lord Armont], was titled, he lived the life of a farmer whilst waiting for the good will of his two brothers-in-law regarding payment of his wife’s dowry. When he decided to institute legal proceedings against them, he thought it wise to move closer to Caen, much to the despair of Charlotte Corday who loved freedom and nature.
In 1782, the death of Mme Corday destabilised the family, which was then dispersed. Charlotte Corday went to live with her father at his brother’s - Amédée de Corday, a parish priest in Vicques, from whom she learnt Latin, history and geography, and discovered the works of Pierre Corneille: she was certainly intelligent, but her handwriting was terrible. Unable to enter the school of Saint-Cyr, Charlotte Corday and her sister Elisabeth were admitted as extraordinary boarders (educated at the expense of the Crown) to the royal abbey of Saint-Trinité in Caen, thanks to Father Gombault, former parish priest to the family. Their elder brother was pushed towards a career in the military.