Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, was one of the best swordsmen in Europe in the late 18th century. Born on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, which was under French rule at the time, he was an illegitimate son of a plantation owner and an African slave. He eventually moved to mainland France and soon proved himself to be gifted at many things, including fencing, music composition, and playing the violin.
Bologne grew up to be a gifted violinist and composer, as well as an adept fighter. He commanded a legion of fighters on the side of the Republic during the French Revolution, which unofficially came to be known as the St. George Legion due to his popularity and skill. Despite being good at more things than most of us will ever be (or because of it, perhaps), he faced racial discrimination at many points in his life, including two assassination attempts. Revolution or not, it was still 18th-century France.
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