Posts tagged: Eugène François Vidocq

V is for Eugène François Vidocq

Achille Devéria-Vidocq

Eugène François Vidocq was the 18th century duellist, thief, forger, soldier and womaniser who is regarded as the father of modern criminology and an inspiration for the likes of Victor Hugo and Alexander Dumas and for the world’s first detective story.

Vidocq was born in 1775 in Arras in northern France, the third child of the wealthy baker and corn dealer Nicolas Joseph François Vidocq. Read more ›››