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Claude Duval (1643January 21, 1670) was a French-born gentleman highwayman in post-Restoration Britain. // Events January 21 - Abel Tasman discovers Tonga February 6 - Abel Tasman discovers the Fiji islands. ... January 21 is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1670 was a common year beginning on a Saturday in countries using the Julian calendar and a Wednesday in countries using the Gregorian calendar. ... The term gentleman (from Latin gentilis, belonging to a race or gens, and man, cognate with the French word gentilhomme, the Spanish gentilhombre and the Italian gentil uomo or gentiluomo), in its original and strict signification, denoted a man of good family, the Latin generosus (its invariable translation in English... Folk image of a mounted highwayman Highwayman was a term used particularly in Britain during the 17th and 18th centuries to describe robbers who targeted people traveling by stagecoach and other modes of transport along public highways. ...


Duval was born in Domfront, Normandy, France in 1643 to a poor family. His origin and parentage is in dispute. At the age of 14 he was sent to Paris where he worked as a domestic servant. He later became a stable boy for a group of English royalists and moved to England in the time of English Restoration as a footman of the Duke of Richmond and rented a house in Wokingham. Domfront is the name or part of the name of several communes in France: Domfront, in the Oise département Domfront, in the Orne département Domfront-en-Champagne, in the Sarthe département Category: ... Flag of Normandy Normandy (in French: Normandie, and in Norman: Normaundie) is a geographical region in northern France. ... City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: Tossed by the waves, she does not sink) Paris Eiffel tower as seen from the esplanade du Trocadéro. ... A servant is a person who is hired to provide regular household or other duties, and receives compensation. ... Charles I (19 November 1600 – 30 January 1649) was King of England, King of Scotland, and King of Ireland from 27 March 1625 until his execution in 1649. ... King Charles II, the first monarch to rule after the English Restoration. ... A footman is a male household servant. ... Esmé Stuart, 2nd Duke of Richmond, 5th Duke of Lennox (November 2, 1649–August 10, 1660) was the son of James Stewart, 1st Duke of Richmond and Mary Villiers, daughter of George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham. ... Statistics Population: 30,403 (Parish, 2001) Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SU804685 Administration Parish: Wokingham Unitary authority: Wokingham Region: South East England Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Berkshire Historic county: Berkshire Services Police force: Thames Valley Police Ambulance service: South Central Post office and telephone...


Before long Duval became a successful highwayman who robbed the passing stagecoaches in the roads to London, especially Holloway between Highgate and Islington. However, unlike most other brigands, he distinguished himself with rather gentlemanly behaviour and fashionable clothes. He reputedly never used violence. One of his victims was squire Roper, Master of the Royal Buckhounds, whom he relieved of 50 guineas and tied to a tree. Folk image of a mounted highwayman Highwayman was a term used particularly in Britain during the 17th and 18th centuries to describe robbers who targeted people traveling by stagecoach and other modes of transport along public highways. ... Stagecoach in Switzerland A stagecoach is a type of four-wheeled enclosed passenger and/or mail coach, strongly sprung and drawn by four horses, widely used before the introduction of railway transport. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Holloway is an area in North London in the London Borough of Islington and follows the line of the A1 road. ... View of Highgate, John Constable, 1st quarter of 19th century. ... Islington is an inner-city district in north London. ... Butch Cassidy, a famous outlaw An outlaw, a person living the lifestyle of outlawry, is most familiar to contemporary readers as a stock character in Western movies. ...


There are many tales about Duval. One particularly famous one - placed in more than one location and later published by William Pope - claims that he took only a part of his potential loot from a gentleman when his wife agreed to dance with him in the wayside, a scene immortalised by William Powell Frith in his 1860 painting Claude Duval. Detail of a nude by Frith William Powell Frith (January 19, 1819 - November 9, 1909), was an English painter specialising in portraits and Victorian era narratives, who was elected to the Royal Academy in 1852. ...


If his intention was to deter pursuit by his non-threatening behavior, he did not totally succeed. After the authorities promised a large reward, he fled to France for some time but returned a few months later. Shortly afterwards he was arrested in Hole-in-the-Wall tavern in London's Chandos Street, Covent Garden. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Covent Garden is a district in central London and within the easterly bounds of the City of Westminster. ...


On January 17, 1670, judge Sir William Morton found him guilty of six robberies (others remained unproven) and sentenced him to death. Despite many attempts to intercede, the king did not pardon him and he was executed on January 21 at Tyburn. When his body was cut down and exhibited in Tangier Tavern, it drew a large crowd and was later removed to St Paul's church, Covent Garden, where it was buried under the centre aisle. His memorial inscription reads: January 17 is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1670 was a common year beginning on a Saturday in countries using the Julian calendar and a Wednesday in countries using the Gregorian calendar. ... Tyburn was a former village in the county of Middlesex close to the current location of Marble Arch. ... St Pauls Church, also commonly known as the Actors Church, is a church located in Covent Garden, London, England. ...

Here lies DuVall: Reder, if male thou art,
Look to thy purse; if female, to thy heart.
Much havoc has he made of both; for all
Men he made to stand, and women he made to fall
The second Conqueror of the Norman race,
Knights to his arm did yield, and ladies to his face.
Old Tyburn’s glory; England’s illustrious Thief,
Du Vall, the ladies’ joy; Du Vall, the ladies’ grief.[1]

The apparently gallant highwayman inspired a number of biographers and playwrights to add to his legend, including claims of alchemy, gambling, and much womanizing. This article needs cleanup. ... Template:Unsourced A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is someone who writes dramatic literature or drama. ... Look up Legend in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Alchemy (disambiguation). ...


Popular culture

A 2005 Travel Channel Haunted Hotels documentary on hauntings claims that Claude Duval's ghost presently haunts the tavern wherein he was arrested before being condemned to death. This same documentary also claims several people were murdered by Duval, despite scant evidence. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Travel Channel is a cable television network that features documentaries and how-to shows related to travel and leisure around the United States and throughout the world. ... Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ... A ghostly woman coming down the stairs. ...


Also, a comic opera called Claude Duval was written in 1881 by Edward Solomon and Henry Pottinger Stephens and enjoyed success both in Britain and in America. Comic opera is a subcategory of opera, and denotes a sung dramatic work of a light or comic nature. ... Year 1881 (MDCCCLXXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... Edward Solomon (July 25, 1855 – January 22, 1895) was a prolific English composer, as well as a conductor, orchestrator and pianist. ... Henry Pottinger Stephens, also known as Henry Beauchamp (1851 – February 11, 1903) was an English dramatist and journalist. ...


External links

  • Duval in Stand and Deliver

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Claude Duval - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (339 words)
Claude Duval (1643-January 21, 1670) was a French-born gentleman highwayman in post-Restoration Britain.
Duval was born in Domfront, Normandy, France in 1643 to a poor family.
He later became a stable boy for a group of English royalists and moved to England in the time of English Restoration as a footman of the Duke of Richmond and rented a house in Wokingham.
Claude Du Vall - Highwaymen and Highway Robbery (611 words)
Claude Du Vall - Highwaymen and Highway Robbery
Claude Du Vall (aka Du Val, Duval or Duvall) was a gallant and courteous rogue, probably the most dashing highwayman ever to haunt the roads of England.
Duval was hanged at Tyburn on 21 January 1670, aged twenty-seven.
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