Charles Joseph


Thirty has just come and gone.  His name alone says it all.  He is sporty, he is a dilettante, a gambler, casino visitor.  He hides his erudition and profound knowledge of diplomacy and the great families (owing to a short but intense career in a foreign embassy after his studies in Political Sciences) beneath a natural nonchalance, and a constant strategy of seduction, which lands him numerous female conquests.  He accompanied his parents, themselves diplomats, around numerous countries in Europe and the Middle East. He writes erudite novels and short stories under a pseudonym, inspired by the libertine spirit of the 18th Century, an age in which he would have loved to live, and he feels a great passion for historic parks and gardens.

He possesses strong connections with an historic figure who married into his family: Prince Charles Joseph de Ligne (1735-1814), a walloon who is both famous and little known, but was known in his day as "The Prince of Gardens" and "The biggest of the Walloons." He is one of the greatest memorialist of his time, meeting Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Voltaire, a friend of Casanova and Catherine of Russia.