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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


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.


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

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