August 28, 2017

Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Timothée d'Éon de Beaumont (5 October 1728 – 21 May 1810), usually known as the Chevalier d'Éon, was a French diplomat, spy, freemason[2] and soldier who fought in the Seven Years' War. D'Éon had natural abilities as a mimic, good features for a spy. D'Éon appeared publicly as a man and pursued traditionally masculine occupations for 49 years, although during that time d'Éon successfully infiltrated the court of Empress Elizabeth of Russia by presenting as a woman. For 33 years, from 1777, d'Éon dressed as a woman, identifying as female. 

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