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François Timoléon, Abbé de Choisy
(August 16, 1644 - October 2, 1724) France

François Timoléon

Abbot, dean of the Cathedral of Bayeux, and writer

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He was born in Paris. He was raised by his mother to wear women's clothes. In 1676 he attended a Papal inaugural ball in female dress. When he moved away from Paris, he took the name of Comtesse de Barres, pretended to be a widow, and founded a finishing school for French young ladies.

He was admitted to the Académie Française in 1687, and wrote a number of historical and religious works. His posthumously published diaries are believed to be the first known published memoirs of a cross-dresser.

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Picture source: mapage.noos.fr/memoires-de-siam/ choisy0.html

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