The Audacious

47 Michel, a young man from Marseille, was twenty-eight years of age at the time and loyal to De Ferriol. Within a week of hearing about Fabre’s death, Michel left Constantinople to Persia, armed with no other powers but the letters given to him by De Ferriol. He was accompanied by a dragoman, a military attaché and two attendants. Under Persian guards, Marie Petit travelled to Tabriz, which was twenty-four days from the capital, Isfahan. Michel, however, arrived in Tabriz in December 1706, after a thirty-eight day journey. He stayed in the same house where Marie Petit was staying as she was not there at the time. Upon her return, she requested from the Persians that they allocated a different house for her to reside which they did.