Latude


Hoping to receive a reward, he reports a non-existent conspiracy against Madam Pompadour. Unfortunately the police takes him too seriously, for his story is complete with a real booby-trap and explosives; and so when nothing is uncovered behind  his elaborate narrative, Latude ends up thrown into the Bastilles. He attempts many escapes but is inevitably re-captured and serves his term till the days of Marie-Antoinette whom he successfully petitions both for the amnesty and pension. The French Revolution is another occasion for fame and another pension. His memoirs, co-authored with Thiery, are a turn of the century best-seller. The day the Bastille is taken, he recovers there the ladder he has made for his 1755 escape and presents it to the City of Paris. Later on the ladder finds its way to the Museum of Carnavalet where you can still see it today.

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