The King of Thieves

In his youth Philippe of Orleans, the Regent, was very interested in alchemy; on one occasion, reports to us Saint-Simon, he even tried to summon the Devil, but the Devil would not come: Too many people in the early XVIII century were ready to give up that worthless thing called soul in exchange for the settlement of their card debts. Later in his life Philippe had switched from alchemy to economics and with far greater success. Cartooche, the King of Thieves, who, probably by mistake, stole the Regent’s sword, returned it with the note, “From Cartooche to the first thief of the kingdom!”

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