Yesterday I visited a most unusual museum — the archives of the Quartier Latin Police Station (4 rue de Montagne Sainte-Genevieve.) I must tell you that the arrest and prison records make a fascinating read. Let me give you at least one, “Entered 17 May 1717
Released 14 April 1718
Accused of making rhymes insulting Monsieur Regent and Madame Duchess de Berry, as well as of saying that since it was impossible to avenge himself otherwise, he would not spare Duke of Orleans in satirical writing, for His Royal Highness had sent him into exile for having written that that Messalina daughter of His is a whore.”
I guess now I have to reveal the name of the prisoner, it’s François Marie Arouet de Voltaire.