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concerning Deutz, ou Imposture, Ingratitude et Trahison

     Hyacinthe Simon Deutz was born in Cologne in 1802. A convert from Judaism, Deutz was recommended to the Duchess de Berri by Pope Gregory VII as a suitable person for a secret mission. Identified by the French authorities as an agent of the Duchess de Berri, he secured his freedom by betraying her. After the failure of her abortive uprising in La Vendée, the Duchess went into hiding in the city of Nantes. Deutz visited her, in the guise of delivering dispatches, and reported the Duchess' hiding place to Dumas' friend General Dermoncourt, who promptly arrested her.
     In his memoir, Vendée et Madame, which were probably ghost-written by Dumas, General Dermoncourt writes of Deutz, "I will forgo the repugnance which a military man naturally feels to mention a being of this description, whom I should never pass in the street without bestowing a horsewhipping upon him, did I not think my horse would be degraded by being afterwards flogged with the same whip."
     Many years later, Dumas recounted the betrayal and arrest of the Duchess de Berri in his novel Louves de Machecoul.


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