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Monsieur d'Eon Is a Woman: A Tale of Political Intrigue and Sexual Masquerade

Monsieur d'Eon Is a Woman: A Tale of Political Intrigue and Sexual Masquerade

Gary Kates
3.6/5 (89 ratings)
Born in 1728, French aristocrat Charles d'Eon de Beaumont had served his country as a diplomat, soldier, and spy for fifteen years when rumors that he was a woman began to circulate in the courts of Europe. D'Eon denied nothing and was finally compelled by Louis XVI to give up male attire and live as a woman, something d'Eon did without complaint for the next three decades. Although celebrated as one of the century's most remarkable women, d'Eon was revealed, after his death in 1810, to have been unambiguously male. Gary Kates's acclaimed biography of d'Eon recreates eighteenth-century European society in brilliant detail and offers a compelling portrait of an individual who challenged its conventions about gender and identity.
Language
English
Pages
400
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Johns Hopkins University Press
Release
August 21, 2001
ISBN
0801867312
ISBN 13
9780801867316

Monsieur d'Eon Is a Woman: A Tale of Political Intrigue and Sexual Masquerade

Gary Kates
3.6/5 (89 ratings)
Born in 1728, French aristocrat Charles d'Eon de Beaumont had served his country as a diplomat, soldier, and spy for fifteen years when rumors that he was a woman began to circulate in the courts of Europe. D'Eon denied nothing and was finally compelled by Louis XVI to give up male attire and live as a woman, something d'Eon did without complaint for the next three decades. Although celebrated as one of the century's most remarkable women, d'Eon was revealed, after his death in 1810, to have been unambiguously male. Gary Kates's acclaimed biography of d'Eon recreates eighteenth-century European society in brilliant detail and offers a compelling portrait of an individual who challenged its conventions about gender and identity.
Language
English
Pages
400
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Johns Hopkins University Press
Release
August 21, 2001
ISBN
0801867312
ISBN 13
9780801867316

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