Jacques Belhomme

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Jacques Belhomme (17 June 1737 – 18 September 1824) was a personality of the French Revolution and the owner of the Pension Belhomme. He appears in the 1951 film Dear Caroline after the novel by Jacques Laurent.


A joiner in the village of Charonne, he was made the holder of the "pension bourgeoise", precursor to the clinics and rest homes of today, then a gaoler when the Jacobins sent prisoners there from the end of 1793.

He gained fame for a scandal that broke out just after his death, when the comte de Sainte-Aulaire prepared for the press an article accusing Belhomme of having profited from the Reign of Terror to ransome rich suspects. As ever, the reality was more subtle.


  • Frédéric Lenormand, La pension Belhomme, une prison de luxe sous la Terreur, Paris, Fayard, 2002.