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Porcius Festus wrote:For it seems to be unreasonable, in sending a prisoner, not to indicate the charges against him.
Dukasaur wrote:This is not even a contest.
The first is a writer of some second-rate fantasy novels that just happen to have been around at the right place at the right time, when popular interest in such crap was ascendant.
The second was a garden variety pervert and pedophile, who just happened to inherit enough money and titles that he kept getting reprieved for crimes that would have meant the death penalty for a commoner. It is noteworthy that he never had a relationship with a person of equivalent social rank, and had to practise his perversions on prostitutes, servants, children of servants, prisoners, and kidnapping victims.
The third is a legitimate gentleman adventurer. Never a rapist, he seduced possibly 5,000 women and quite a few men as well, all in purely consensual relations. Unlike the second who preyed upon vulnerable persons of low social standing, the third always aimed above his station, seducing countesses, duchesses, senators, mayors, bishops, and princesses of royal blood. Nor were his exploits all in the bedroom -- he was an accomplished swordsman surviving numerous duels, a card shark and a legitimate chess master, a Rosicrucian and Freemason, a secret agent and political manipulator, and above all a legendary charlatan who loved separating gullible believers in the occult from their money.
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