Historian Paul Sonnino, University of California stated that he was able to find out who was the mysterious prisoner of the Bastille and other French prisons, known in history under the name “the Iron mask”. For three and a half centuries the identity of this person was surrounded by many legends.
A scene from the movie “the Man in the iron mask” (1977)
To date, researchers agree that prisoner number 64389000 really was imprisoned in 1669, during the next thirty-odd years have visited many prisons in France and was indeed at this time a mask, but in fact it was the velvet, the steel of her “made” of later legends. However, about the fact who is under the mask disappeared, there are razlichnye version, according to some of which it was a brother or even a twin of Louis XIV. Among the other “contenders” is sometimes called the adventurer of Ercole Mattioli, General General Vivien de Boland and Lorraine nobleman Armas. Some also feel that at different times under the mask could hide different people. Paul Sonnino offers his version, which differs from all of the above.
The historian says that the famous prisoner called Eustache Dauger, and that he was a Valet of cardinal Mazarin, for some time held the post of first Minister of France. By assumption, Paul Sonnino, Eustache Dauger could “not on time” to Express the assumption that the part of Mazarin had taken some of the wealth from the king and Queen of England, after which it was decided to send the Valet to jail and force him to wear a mask and, threatening with murder if he reveals his name. Sonnino argues that his assumption is confirmed by the large number of documents, reports Discovery.
The legend of the man in the iron mask became popular thanks to the novel by Alexander Dumas ‘ “Vicomte de Bragelonne, or Ten years later, the play by Victor Hugo “the Twins”, as well as several feature films.Related posts: