The Chevalier Saint-Georges was a deadly swordsman, skilled equestrian, gifted musician, and unmatched lover. Intimate friend of Marie Antoinette, the Duc d'Orleans, Choderlos de Laclos (author of Dangerous Liaisons), and Alexandre Dumas-pere.
A flesh and bone man who lived a mythic life. He was, in short, a hero. Add to his character sketch that he was of African descent and it mystifies one to think he was able to accomplish so much in a time that was not kind to people of his color!
A contemporary wrote of Saint-Georges:
"He is the most accomplished man in Europe, in riding, running, shooting, fencing, dancing, music. He will hit the button - any button on the coat or waistcoat of the greatest masters. He will hit a crown-piece in the air with a pistol-ball."