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Henri Masers de Latude


  1. Histoire d'une détention de trente-neuf ans, dans les prisons d'état. Écrite par le prisonnier lui-même has translation False (logic) author
  2. Le Despotisme dévoilé, ou Mémoires de Henri Masers de Latude, détenu pendant trente-cinq ans dans diverses prisons d'Etat, rédigés sur les pieces originales par M. Thiéry has translation author publisher



Jean Danry (he later adopted his father's name) was the illegitimate son of a washerwoman and impoverished nobleman who made his fame and fortune off the back of his accounts of his 35 years of imprisonment in the Bastille and other prisons.

There is an excellent account of this strange and disreputable character and how he ended up in the Bastille, in 'Rodama: a blog of 18th century & Revolutionary France', http://rodama1789.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-bastille-legendary-excape-of-latude.html