The Mystery Behind The Masked Inmates In Paris

A masked man occupies an enclosed space in Bastille prison. The man wore a mask made of metal.

He often appears to be closely guarded and guarded by prison guards. He never took off his mask until the end of his life. Who exactly is the person behind the mask?


In 1698 Bastille prison located in Paris, France received the presence of a new prisoner. Bastille Prison is a royal prison specifically designed for those who are considered to be rebels against kings.

Another version says he wore a black mask made of velvet. He is known as "The Man In The Iron Mask". In fact, this masked man has been a prisoner of government since 1687.

Prior to that, he was also detained in Pignerol, Italy. From that moment on he has always worn an iron mask. During his imprisonment until the end of his life, The Man In The Iron Mask was accompanied by a prisoner believed to be his personal assistant Benigne Dauvergne de Saint-Mars for 34 years.


This Man In The Iron Mask lived in prison during the reign of King Louis XIV (1643-1715). This masked man finally died on November 19, 1703 (at the time of his death claiming he was 45, some claiming to be 60).

It is said that while he was in prison, no one had ever seen him remove the mask, until after his death many theories emerged about who the real man was behind the mask.


A writer and philosopher named Voltaire in his work entitled Questions sur l'Encyclopedie (published in 1771) who was also a prisoner of the prison for 1 year said that he had obtained information from those who had served the masked man in prison .

According to Voltaire's story, the masked man had a tall, large, muscular body. He is also said to be young. He wears clothing from lace and loves to play the violin. Voltaire felt that the masked man was very similar to King Louis XIV.


A royal writer during the reign of King Louis XIV named Joseph de Lagrange-Chancel asserted that Benigne Dauvergne de Saint-Mars, a former governor of Sainte-Marguerita and also a regular fellow of The Man In The Iron Mask, served the masked man with so respectful that they call it "My Prince".

The other guards are also said to pay homage to this masked man as a king. According to rumors, the jailers in charge of the masked man would continue to stand until the masked man invited them to sit.

The special service received by The Man In The Iron Mask has generated much speculation. Meanwhile, in the late 1840s, a writer named Alexandre Dumas claimed that the man with the iron mask was actually the twin of King Louis XIV.


King Louis XIV, unwilling to share his power, ordered his twin brother to leave the palace. After leaving the palace, his twin brother was raised in a noble's house. But he never revealed his true identity.

One day, someone broke the secret of his true identity and led to his arrest and detention. Then he spent the rest of his life in prison by wearing a metal mask until the end of his life.


After more than 350 years of mystery, an allegation of the real man behind The Man In The Iron Mask has emerged. Paul Sonnino, a history professor from the University of California, suddenly claimed to have discovered the mystery of the masked man.

Paul says that the mask worn by The Man In The Iron Mask is actually a black velvet mask, not iron. He also added that the man was not always wearing a mask, he sometimes opened it too.

Paul said the man behind the mask was a Mazarin treasurer who was an important minister from the beginning of Louis XIV's life until he was crowned king.

He is said to have benefited greatly from the former kings of France and made him very wealthy even his wealth over a king. His arrest was led by a minister, the Marquis de Louvois. He was later sent to prison and threatened to kill if he revealed his identity.

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