Tag Archives: the french

Winnaretta Singer

To continue my recent series of ‘Badass Women’ posts, today I’d like to talk about Winnaretta Singer: heiress, arts patron, two-time princess, open and unapologetic Victorian lesbian. Oh, and I forgot to add to her bio: fabulous cape-wearer. I’ll just … Continue reading

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Chevalier d’Eon

I first heard about this historical figure on Futility Closet’s blog here. The Chevalier d’Eon (1728-1810), is a great trans historical figure and sounds like an all-around badass. The Chevalier identified as a woman for the last 33 years of … Continue reading

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Benjamin Bathurst

I found this story on Futility Closet’s blog here. “On Nov. 25, 1809, British diplomat Benjamin Bathurst was preparing to leave the small German town of Perleberg. He stood outside the inn, watching his portmanteau being loaded onto the carriage, … Continue reading

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More Duels

I’ve found a few fun stories about dueling. Enjoy. 1.) English poet Mark Akenside avoided a duel with Counsellor Ballow because one refused to fight in the morning and the other refused to fight in the afternoon. 2.) In 1806, an … Continue reading

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Courtesans: A Miscellany

I’m finishing up my blog posts on nineteenth-century courtesans and realized I have a bunch of shorter stories that aren’t long enough for their own post. So here you go: a random selection. All information and quotations from Susan Griffin’s The … Continue reading

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Geneviève Lantelme

I am continuing my posts about nineteenth-century courtesans from Susan Griffin’s The Book of the Courtesans: A Catalogue of their Virtues (2001). The following story is about Genevieve Lantelme (or Lanthelme), who was a French actress, socialite, and courtesan.   In … Continue reading

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Apollonie Sabatier and Baudelaire and Jeanne Duval

I found this fun courtesan story in Susan Griffin’s The book of the Courtesans: A Catalogue of their Virtues (2001). Many of you have probably heard of the French poet Charles Baudelaire, who wrote some scandalous works on sex and death, and … Continue reading

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