Events of the NovelsEdit
Amelie Beauchamp doesn't appear in person in any of the novels.
In July 1777, Cecile's husband Percy Beauchamp tells Lord John Grey that in her teens—circa 1734/1735—Amelie was seduced by an older and married man, the Comte St. Germain, who got her pregnant. When St. Germain's wife suddenly died, Amelie demanded that he married her, however, the comte wasn't inclined to do so.
One night, Amelie disappeared from her home, taking her jewels. The comte claimed to be ignorant about this. However, two day's after her disappearance, the comte's assistant coachman delivered a heavy carpet to a Parisian brothel. A woman who worked at the brothel at that time told Percy that Amelie was brought to the brothel in the middle stages of pregnancy. A few months later, she gave birth to a son, and died a year later of influenza.
Percy has found a marriage contract between Amelie and Comte St. Germain in a library at Trois Flèches. He also believes that Amelie's son is Fergus Fraser, a Parisian orphan raised in a brothel and adopted by Jamie Fraser in 1744.
- Amelie is ultimately derived from the Germanic name Amala, a short form of names beginning with the element amal meaning "work".
- The French variant of the name is spelled Amélie.
- Elise is a shortened form of Elizabeth, from Ελισαβετ (Elisabet), the Greek form of the Hebrew name אֱלִישֶׁבַע (Elisheva) meaning "my God is an oath" or perhaps "my God is abundance".
- LeVigne is derived from the Old French word vigne meaning "vine".
- Beauchamp (English (or Norman origin) and French) is a habitational name from any of several places in France, for example in Manche and Somme, that are named with Old French beu, bel 'fair', 'lovely' + champ(s) 'field', 'plain'. In English the surname is generally pronounced "Beecham".
- ↑ Calculated from Fergus's year of birth–Percy claims that Amelie died a year after giving birth to a son (An Echo in the Bone, Chapter 58).
- ↑ The name appears to have taken a circuitous route in its etymological evolution: Amala (Germanic) > Amalia (Latin) > Amelia (Multiple) > Amelie (German). See Behind the Names: Amelie to explore the history of the name. Accessed 25 May 2016.
- ↑ Behind the Name: Elise - accessed 25 May 2016
- ↑ Behind the Name: Elizabeth - accessed 25 May 2016
- ↑ House of Names: LeVigne - accessed 25 May 2016
- ↑ Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press, via Ancestry.com