The classic salacious memoirs of an 18th-century transvestite.
By a whim of his mother, François-Timoléon de Choisy — better known as the Abbé de Choisy — was dressed as a girl until the age of eighteen. After a short spell in male attire he became, by all accounts, the classic transvestite — a male heterosexual who never attempted to disguise his biological sex while going about in public in full female attire.
Choisy’s fascination with feminine accoutrements made him something of an expert on women’s fashions, and prominent society women even brought their daughters to him for advice. His increasingly extravagant toilettes and exhibitionist behaviour eventually earned him a public rebuke and exile from Paris. This study recounts the scandalous and entertaining escapades for which Choisy is best known today, in a light, intimate, and accessible style.
These authentic memoirs provide a first-hand account of manners and morals in late 17th-century society, as well as remarkably exact portraits of his contemporaries, constituting a remarkable document in the history of transvestism.
Translated from the French by R.H.F. Scott
Abbé de Choisy (1644–1724) was born François-Timoléon de Choisy in Paris, France. He was an abbot and author and infamous transvestite. He is best remembered for his gossiping Mémoires (1737), which contain striking pictures of his life as a transvestite and remarkably exact portraits of his contemporaries, although with small pretensions to historical accuracy.
|Date Published||4th August 2008|