The future author of The Marriage of Figaro (1784) was in London, sent there by the French king on a secret mission to negotiate the return of a rogue spy: the Chevalier d'Eon
Downman's portrait of Jane Douce and George Dance's of Chevalier D'Eon
disguised as a woman are particularly worthy of notice.
LE CHEVALIER D'EON
is another powerful series and owners of the first volume can't miss VOLUME 2 (9781413914771, $29.
Of those agents the most colorful was surely the chevalier d'Eon
, a master swordsman and captain of the dragoons, who nonetheless was so effeminate in manner that he once managed to infiltrate the court of St.
BORN 1N THE PROVINCE, the scion of poor and even dubious nobility, a master with the sword but unable to grow even the shadow of a beard, the Chevalier d'Eon
went to Paris to be educated by his uncle.
Yet, this sophisticated, well-written, good-humored survey gradually proves seductive--Price refers to the Chevalier d'Eon
as a "nobleperson"--, and the deeper one penetrates the work, the more plausible, if not quite incontestable, the central thesis becomes (211).
As any contemporary would have immediately realized, however, the `French Amazonian maid' and `Lady Knight' that appeared in the prologue to Percy were not only gestures towards generic figures of speech, but also specific references to a real flesh-and-blood female chevalier, the famous Chevalier D'Eon
The world's most famous transvestite was Chevalier d'Eon
Kates will not convince every reader that Chevalier d'Eon
was the man of (feminist) principle he depicts.