The Last Home of the "Sans-Culottes Generalissimo"
The Revolution was gifted at making the unknown famous, before once again plunging them back into anonymity! This was the case for Victor-Amédée de La Fage. In 1789, he was called the “Marquis of Saint-Huruge.” Although he was already over 50 years old, very early on, he became one of the leaders of the first revolutionary events. From the Palais-Royal, he conducted several marches to Versailles during the summer of 1789. He possessed a certain talent for constructing his own legend: having fought in the army, he gave himself the name “sans-culotte generalissimo” and had portraits of himself engraved with the phrase “It is I who saved France!” After 1794, and now conservative, he fought against the first revolutionaries. He died forgotten in 1801.
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