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De Whyte in the Bastille

Jacques-François-Xavier de Whyte, comte de Malleville (1730 – 1790s), born James Francis Xavier Whyte, was an Irish nobleman and former officer of the French Army imprisoned in the Bastille from 1784 to 1789.


Having been declared insane, Whyte was moved from a hospital to the Bastille in Paris in 1784. He grew a long beard and believed himself to be Julius Caesar. When Arno was brought in the fortress, he casually overheard Whyte quoting the famous opening line of Caesar's De Bello Gallico: Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres.

On 14 July 1789, the Storming of the Bastille took place, and Whyte was freed by the protesters. Within a week however, he was sent to the Charenton insane asylum.


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