Tuesday, November 20, 2007
You Can't Make This Stuff Up: Chevalier St. Georges
Quick quiz. The man depicted above:
(a) wrote six operas in the late eighteenth century, including one on which he collaborated with Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, of Dangerous Liaisons fame;
(b) founded the Society of the Friends of the Blacks, dedicated to eradicating slavery;
(c) was the most celebrated pupil of the Tessier de la Boessiere fencing academy;
(d) once threw a exhibition fencing match to the Chevalier d'Eon, a former spy who, after a stint in Russia disguised as a woman, spent the rest of his life as a transvestite.
The answer is "(e)," all of the above. I love it when it's all of the above.
The Chevalier on Wikipedia.
And, of course, soon to be a major motion picture.