October 8, 1200: Isabella of Angouleme crowned Queen Consort of England. She is called the Helen of the Middle Ages. At the age of 12, already renowned for her beauty, she broke her engagement to a French count and married King John of England. Later, after John's death, she would marry that count, and engage in conspiracies against the French king.
Alexandre Dumas, born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie, 24 July 1802 – 5 December 1870), also known as Alexandre Dumas, père, was a French writer, best known for his historical novels of high adventure. Translated into nearly 100 languages, these have made him one of the most widely read French authors in history. Many of his novels, including The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, and The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later were originally published as serials.
Count Robert Jean-Marie de La Rochefoucauld a man born to aristocracy who fought in the Espionage Section of SOE against the Nazis. An incredibly brave man. 'James Bond' type of figure. A very entertaining read. Bousoulet, Hte-Loire, 1944. -- http://www.badassoftheweek.com/index.cgi?id=390735217925