On this day, November 19th, 1703 he died at Bastille prison (France).
All we know is that he was a distinguished prisoner, and from the moment he was imprisoned, he had to hide his identity behind a strange mask. Officially registered in the Saint-Paul cemetery as “Marchioly,” and his age was given as “about 45.”
The theories are:
1. in 1711, an English nobleman;
5. Ercole Matthioli, an italian minister of Ferdinand Charles, duke of Mantua, who reveiled a secret negotiation. (most accepted)
All hands down, He must have been someone important because his identity needed to be kept secret, he was always escorted and wore nicer clothing than the rest of the prisoners.
- Looking for the Man in the Iron Mask (samandthedunes.com)
- Free Movie Friday: The Iron Mask (1929) (techzwn.com)