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Monsieur Forez is the official hangman for the Fifth Arrondissement. Claire Fraser meets him at L'Hôpital des Anges, where he volunteers his services as a bonesetter.

Personal HistoryEdit

Monsieur Forez's background is unknown. He is a public hangman, for which he is well-compensated. He donates his spare time at the hospital, and also manufactures a salve made from the rendered fat of criminals.

Events of the NovelsEdit

Dragonfly in AmberEdit

In 1744, Monsieur Forez meets Claire Fraser at L'Hôpital des Anges when she helps him set a badly broken leg. Monsieur Forez then gives Claire a ride home in his carriage. Monsieur Forez gives Claire a jar of hanged-man's grease. Monsieur Forez calls on Jamie Fraser and Claire with the outward excuse of delivering a herbal package to Claire from Mother Hildegarde. His real purpose is made clear when he gives Jamie and Claire a graphic description of exactly what occurs when a traitor is sentenced to the traitor's death of hanging, drawing and quartering.

PersonalityEdit

He is generally reserved and modest, though can be quietly menacing when driving a point home to his audience; when visiting Jamie and Claire in Paris, he describes in horrific detail the process of executing a traitor's death by hanging, drawing, and quartering, and while he never verbalizes an explicit threat, the warning in his speech is clear.

Physical AppearanceEdit

Described as tall and gaunt, resembling a crow with a prominent beak of a nose and smooth black hair. He wears somber black clothes.[1]

NameEdit

  • Forez is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hell, stream, church, or type of tree. Possibly a variant of the name Foret, derived from the Old French foret meaning "forest".[2]

TriviaEdit

  • Monsieur Forez was based on a real public hangman in the Paris of the 18th century.[3][4]

TV SeriesEdit

Main article: Outlander (TV series)

Scottish actor Neil Greig Fulton portrays Monsieur Forez on the Outlander television adaptation.

AppearancesEdit

Season Two

ReferencesEdit

  1. Dragonfly in Amber, chapter 14
  2. House of Names: Forez - accessed 09 July 2016
  3. Gabaldon Offical Webpage: FAQ About Characters. Accessed 11 August 2016
  4. Matthew Ramsey. "The Old Regime." |"The Old Regime." Professional and Popular Medicine in France 1770-1830: The Social World of Medical Practice. 2002. Accessed 26 October 2016.

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