The Chevalier d'Eon: Transgender Diplomat at the Court of George III, 1763-1777 I Dr Jonathan Conlin

The National Archives

Thursday, 23 October 2014 from 18:00 to 19:00 (BST)

Kew, United Kingdom

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This event is part of our themed programme. Diplomacy is at the heart of all human interaction. Whether between international states and colonies, monarchs and their ministers, the major players in the theatres of war, kith and kin, or friends and enemies: diplomacy - or lack of it - will play its part. This programme of events aims to reflect the broad spectrum of interpretations of historical diplomacy and the art of peace-making.

In 1763 peace broke out between France and Britain, ending the Seven Years War. The defeated superpower France was left nursing its wounds, as well as thoughts of revenge. While King Louis XV's foreign minister sought to maintain the peace, the King's spy network, "the King's Secret" developed plans to invade England. These conflicting agendas were embodied in the Chevalier d'Eon, France's minister in London. A Georgian Edward Snowden, shortly after his arrival the Chevalier began publishing confidential diplomatic despatches and blackmailing his King. The Chevalier escaped assassination and imprisonment by becoming a woman in 1777.

 

Dr Jonathan Conlin teaches modern British history at the University of Southampton, where he is currently researching a biography of the Anglo-Armenian oil magnate Calouste Gulbenkian. His books include Tales of Two Cities: Paris, London and the Making of the Modern City.

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The National Archives
Conference Room A, ground floor
TW9 4DU Kew
United Kingdom

Thursday, 23 October 2014 from 18:00 to 19:00 (BST)


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The National Archives is the UK government's official archive, containing over 1,000 years of history.

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