The Audacious

61 be from the French government with instruction from King Louis XIV, raided the hospital to take her to an undisclosed location. When the hospital administration intervened and requested verification, the men presented a royal arrest warrant dated 21st march 1709 addressed to the King’s commissioner, De Montmort, that Marie Petit was to be apprehended and taken to a nunnery.. She was however taken to the Maison de Refuge in Marseille, a prison for poor women, and repenting prostitutes Marie Petit resigned to her fate, and had only one hope left; to write to the King of France. Accordingly, on 1st April 1709, she sent a letter to the king apologizing for having to directly write to him about her situation. In her letter to the King which she