Favras, Thomas de Mahy, otherwise known as the Marquis of
Officer of the Ancien Régime, 1744 - 1790
Favras, Thomas de Mahy, otherwise known as the Marquis of: Born into an old noble family, he was initially sympathetic to the ideas of liberty defended by those who were called patriots during the Enlightenment. However, when the Revolution broke out in France, he immediately opposed decreasing the king’s authority. Accused of conspiring against the people in order to suppress the Revolution, this former musketeer of the king and first lieutenant of the Count of Provence’s guard (Louis XVI’s brother), was arrested and then hung on the Place de Grève for crimes of treason.