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Description "L'Homme au Masque de Fer" ("The Man in the Iron Mask"). Anonymous print (etching and mezzotint, hand-colored) from 1789. According to the caption on the original (not seen here), the Man in the Iron Mask was fr:Louis de Bourbon, comte de Vermandois, an illegitimate son of Louis XII. No evidence is given to support this claim, which is just one among many, and may have been merely a piece of revolutionary propaganda. Caption (in French, with modernized spelling): "L'Homme au Masque de Fer, ou plutôt son histoire, qui a si longtemps fixé les recherches d'une infinité d'auteurs, vient de sortir enfin du ténébreux chaos où la discrétion barbare d'intermédiaires ministériels l'avaient plongé jusqu'à présent. Des papiers trouvés à la Bastille nous apprennent que cette dénomination n'a jamais appartenu qu'à Louis de Bourbon, comte de Vermandois, fils naturel de Louis XII, né le 2 octobre 1667, qui fut condamné à un emprisonnement perpétuel pour avoir, à l'âge de 16 ans, donné un soufflet au Dauphin. Pour envelopper ses traits d'un voile impénétrable, on lui couvrit le visage d'un masque de fer dont la mentonnière et les ressorts d'acier lui permettaient néanmoins de prendre sa subsistance. C'est en 1683 que l'on place l'époque de sa détention. Ce malheureux Prince mourut à la Bastille en 1703 après une captivité de 20 ans dans différentes prisons. (Ceux qui voudront avoir des renseignements plus étendus sur cet objet pourront consulter un papier qui se vend Rue de Chartres N°85.)"
Date 1789(1789)
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Author Anonymous; cropped by Beyond My Ken (talk) 09:23, 30 April 2010 (UTC)
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