Epilogue
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after Philippe Giroux perished on the scaffold on 8 May 1643? Sentenced
with Giroux was his footman Claude Bryot, known as La Valeur. He was on
thelamatthetime,andsowassentencedinabsentia.Luckyforhim,because
if apprehended he would have been broken on the wheel. On 12 May Parle-
ment convicted Hilaire Moreau and all the otheraccomplices who trumped
upthefalsechargesofrapeagainstSaumaise.Moreauwasfloggedandfined
50£, bad enough for the girl, now sixteen, but others received still harsher
treatment. One, Saumaise’s bastard nephew de La Tour, was a fugitive like
La Valeur and was sentenced to hang for perjury. Another accomplice was
sentenced to six years’ hard labor in the king’s galleys, while two others
were banished for five. All the culprits were fined in varying amounts, and
several paid damages to Saumaise (he cleared about 1,500£ in all).
The next day the court turned its attention to the accused accomplices in
the murders of Baillet and Neugot. Lazare Rhodot, Philippe Giroux’s per-
sonal physician and renowned poisoner, was condemned to spend the rest
of his days chained to oars and rowing in the king’s galleys. His assistant
Hugues Reposeur was luckier: his case was dismissed. Claude Froul, one
of Giroux’s most trusted servants, joined Rhodot in the galleys, if only for
nine years. Rhodot and Froul were also fined: the doctor paid 300£ to the
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