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Very few traces remain of Di Angélique Chevalier’s life. History books cite three Angélique Chevaliers who, at different times between the late1600s and the late 1800s, printed a variety of short publications in Reims, Champagne region, just outside Paris. It was believed, as is often the case in traditional families, that the name Angélique had been passed down through the generations or was, more simply, a nom de plume, one of those made-up epithets used by people you’d least expect, especially in France (like King Louis VIII who used one to write in the Gazette). This led to the suspicion that at least one of the three Angéliques may have been a lady in the court of the French king, an aspiring swordswoman, a lady-in-waiting, the personal spy of queen Anne of Austria and also of cardinal Richelieu. All excellent reasons, we think, for hiding one’s identity.