Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord was born in Paris on February 13, 1754, into one of the most ancient and distinguished families of the French nobility. His father, Count Daniel de Talleyrand-Périgord, was 20 years of age when Charles was born. His mother was Alexandrine de Damas d'Antigny. Both his parents held positions at court, but as cadets of their respective families, had no important income. From childhood, Talleyrand walked with a limp.