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

Monsieur d'Eon Is a Woman

A Tale of Political Intrigue and Sexual Masquerade

Paperback Published: 21st August 2001
ISBN: 9780801867316
Number Of Pages: 400
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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.

With great verve, lucidity and admirable restraint, Gary Kates guides us through the setbacks and switchbacks of the Chevalier's odd history. -- Francine Prose * Newsday * D'Eon's story comes alive in Kates' capable hands, allowing us to lose ourselves in this 18th-century gender-bender. * San Francisco Chronicle * A terrific tale, told with suspense and style and interpreted with wisdom and restraint. * The Nation * Why did d'Eon, at the age of forty-nine, let it be known that he was a woman after having cut quite a figure as a diplomat and a soldier? That is the question Gary Kates sets himself in the latest biography [of d'Eon]. It is also the best, not at all an exercise in petite histoire but a book built around questions of gender and narrated in a lively manner, which makes those questions seem anything but academic. -- Robert Darnton * New York Review of Books *

Preface to the Johns Hopkins Paperbacks Editionp. xi
Prologue: The Discoveryp. xvii
Introductionp. xxi
A French Chevaliere
Maiden Voyagep. 3
Foreign Minister Vergennesp. 6
Tonnerrep. 13
D'Eon's Patronsp. 21
Rose Bertinp. 25
Marie-Antoinettep. 29
Franklin and Voltairep. 32
Public Perceptionsp. 37
D'Eon on d'Eonp. 46
The Hopes of a Good Patriotp. 50
The Rise and Fall of a Statesman
Louis XV's Diplomacyp. 57
The King's Secretp. 63
Conti and Russiap. 65
The Russian Myth Reexaminedp. 72
Diplomacy in Russiap. 77
Dragoon Captainp. 83
Making Peacep. 87
The Secret in Englandp. 91
Reversal of Fortunep. 95
Recalledp. 102
D'Eon to Louis XV and Brogliep. 109
Broglie to Louis XVp. 112
Scapegoatp. 115
The Lettres, memoires, et negociationsp. 119
Libelp. 128
Indictmentp. 133
Royal Decree of 1 April 1766p. 137
Inside d'Eon's Library
D'Eon to Jean-Jacques Rousseaup. 141
Rousseau's Disciplep. 145
D'Eon's Libraryp. 150
Pompadour and La Pucellep. 159
Contra Rousseaup. 166
The Transformation
Contextsp. 175
Rumorsp. 182
Drouet's Visitp. 189
Macaulay, d'Epinay, and the Femme Savantep. 196
Hannah Snell and the Amazonsp. 201
Morandep. 210
Louis XVIp. 216
The Letter to Poissonierp. 223
The Transactionp. 226
Beaumarchais Betsp. 230
Beaumarchais "To Mlle Genev. L. Deon de Beaumont"p. 235
D'Eon to Beaumarchaisp. 237
D'Eon Sues Morandep. 241
Lord Mansfield's Courtp. 247
D'Eon's Christian Feminism
Considering Conventsp. 255
Reborn Againp. 264
Return to Englandp. 270
Gendered Theologyp. 278
Christian Feministp. 289
Notesp. 293
Bibliography of Works By and About d'Eonp. 349
Acknowledgmentsp. 355
Indexp. 357
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ISBN: 9780801867316
ISBN-10: 0801867312
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 21st August 2001
Publisher: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.83 x 15.8  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.59