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A king's ransom : the life of Charles Théveneau de Morande, blackmailer, scandalmonger & master-spy

Author: Simon Burrows
Publisher: London ; New York : Continuum, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Charles Théveneau de Morande; Charles Théveneau de Morande
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Burrows
ISBN: 9780826419897 0826419895
OCLC Number: 432983265
Description: xvi, 288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue : Auto da fé --
The sins of his youth --
The armour-plated gazetteer --
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 revoutionary journalist --
Afterlife : Morande in fiction, myth and history --
Glossary --
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Responsibility: Simon Burrows.

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If Charles Theveneau de Morande was a character in a novel, he would be considered the ultimate anti-hero. Morande's life story is a tale of intrigue, blackmail, espionage, duels, kidnap, murder,  Read more...

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