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A king's ransom : the life of Charles Théveneau de Morande, blackmailer, scandalmonger & master-spy /
Simon Burrows.
imprint
London ; New York : Continuum, 2010.
description
xvi, 288 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0826419895 (hbk.), 9780826419897 (hbk.)
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imprint
London ; New York : Continuum, 2010.
isbn
0826419895 (hbk.)
9780826419897 (hbk.)
catalogue key
7133595
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [257]-264) and index.
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Reviews
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[An] excellent resurrection of Morande ... pacily written with a delicious sense of absurdity
Good review in Standpoint.
Morande's career [is] finely illuminated in Simon Burrows's biography
[Morande's] life reads like the script of a film, but in this minutely researched and well-written book the author uses his extraordinary life to demonstrate the scope and importance of the world-changing events Morande lived through and chronicled.
Simon Burrows, in the first attempt to reconstruct [Morande's] shadowy life since 1886, pursues him relentlessly through print and archive and the mists of obfuscation that were his natural habitat, and produces a fascinating portrait of a paradoxical man who lived by his poisonous pen.
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Summaries
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Charles Thèveneau de Morande's life story is a tale of intrigue, blackmail, espionage, duels, kidnap, murder, politics, conspiracy and crime. At the same time, it offers a chance to examine some of the most important issues of French history and revolution.
Long Description
If Charles Theveneau de Morande was a character in a novel, he would be considered the ultimate anti-hero. Morande's historical significance far transcends his success as a blackmailer and scandalous pamphleteer. Having extorted the French monarchy he turned coat and during the War of American Independence and throughout the 1780s was France's leading political spy in London. In addition, he was a highly successful police agent among his fellow exiles and one of the most influential journalists of his time. His enemies or victims who invariably suffered intense damage to their reputations included many of the most colourful figures of his day. Nevertheless, Morande survived the wrath of both Louis XV and the revolution, outlived his enemies, and died peacefully in his bed. Morande's life story is a tale of intrigue, blackmail, espionage, duels, kidnap, murder, politics, conspiracy and crime. At the same time, it offers a chance to examine some of the most important issues of French history and revolution. >
Long Description
If Charles Théveneau de Morande was a character in a novel, he would be considered the ultimate anti-hero. Morande's historical significance far transcends his success as a blackmailer and scandalous pamphleteer. Having extorted the French monarchy he turned coat and during the War of American Independence and throughout the 1780s was France's leading political spy in London. In addition, he was a highly successful police agent among his fellow exiles and one of the most influential journalists of his time. His enemies or victims - who invariably suffered intense damage to their reputations - included many of the most colourful figures of his day. Nevertheless, Morande survived the wrath of both Louis XV and the revolution, outlived his enemies, and died peacefully in his bed. Morande's life story is a tale of intrigue, blackmail, espionage, duels, kidnap, murder, politics, conspiracy and crime. At the same time, it offers a chance to examine some of the most important issues of French history and revolution.
Main Description
The first biography of one of the most important figures of pre-Revolutionary France.
Table of Contents
Illustrations
Prefatory note
Prologue: Auto da fé
The Sins of his Youth
The Armour-Plated Gazeteer
A King's Ransom
Figaro's Nemesis
On His Majesty's Secret Service
Poacher Turned Gamekeeper: Morande, Police Spy
The Magician, the Necklace and the Poisonous Pig
The First Revolutionary Journalist
Afterlife. Morande in Fiction, Myth and History
Glossary
Abbreviations
Endnotes
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index
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