Ever heard of the modern 18th century Robin Hood: Louis Dominque Cartouche (Paris 1693-1721)?
He was a French social bandit, criminal. Didn’t succeed in school and therefore became a bandit and head of a gang of robbers. His nickname being l’enfant, being only 1m50. He was acting together with Francois Louis Gurthus de Châtelet, nicknamed Le Lorrain.
This very succeful duo was – thanks to a large scene of butlers, chamber maids and informers – fully in control of the route between Versaille and Paris. In the end Le Lorrain betrayed Cartouche and Cartouche was taken prison in the Place de Grève. Cartouche and a huge number of the helpers were arrested and/or executed.
A sad end for the social bandit, a modern Robin Hood, entered into history as a hero that is taking care of the weak in society.
In a later book in French, the love life of Cartouche is the main topic. Adventures are told, as found in a manuscript in the cabin of Bicetre after the death of the companion Duchatelet.