The Incredible Chevalier d’Eon, Who Left France as a Male Spy and Returned as a Christian Woman | Atlas Obscura

A profile view of the Le Chevalier d’Éon. (Photo: Lyon, Bibliothèque municipale/Public Domain)

When the Chevalier d’Eon left France in 1762, it was as a diplomat, a spy in the French king’s service, a Dragoon captain, and a man. When he returned in July 1777, at the age of 49, it was as a celebrity, a writer, an intellectual, and a woman—according to a declaration by the government of France.

What happened? And why?

Source: The Incredible Chevalier d’Eon, Who Left France as a Male Spy and Returned as a Christian Woman | Atlas Obscura

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