December 26th, 2015

Babette of Interlaken

I could find no referrence outside the novel.  Was she really a 19th century boogy-woman devised to frighten potential republicans back into the arms of Church and Monarchy?  Or is she Eco's invention?
Is there any reference to her outside Eco's novel?.   She is mentioned in this review but i know no French and the English translation is  so confusing that i get no help here.  Has anybody heard of her??
The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco | Literary Magazine

Diana's Doctor(s)

Another psychoanalytic invention: multiple personalities - AFIS - French Association for Scientific Information

Simonini (Eco's main character inThe Prague Cemetary) meets "doctors Bourru and Burot" one of whom has a patent named Diana with a dual personality.  She, member of that hated gender and, like himself, perhaps, a multiple personality. becomes an important part of Simonini's delusions and obsessions.

In reality, Bourru and Burot were a single person (lol) Prosper Henry F. Burot Bourro who treated patients with multiple personality disorders.

Unfortunately, i have found no further information about either Burot Bourru or "Diana."

Pyotr Rachkovsky

 The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Many authors maintain that it was Rachkovsky's agent in Paris, Matvei Golovinski, who in the early 1900s authored the first edition.[3] The text presented the impending Russian Revolution of 1905 as a part of a powerful global Jewish conspiracy and fomented anti-Semitism to deflect public attention from Russia's growing social problems. Another Rachkovsky agent, Yuliana Glinka, is often cited as the person who brought the forgery from France to Russia.

Pyotr Rachkovsky - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Eugène Sue

"....his most famous works, the "anti-Catholic" novels: Les Mystères de Paris (published in Journal des débats from 19 June 1842 until 15 October 1843) and Le Juif errant (tr. "The Wandering Jew") (10 vols., 1844–1845), which were among the most popular specimens of the serial novel.[2] These works depicted the intrigues of the nobility and the harsh life of the underclass to a wide public. Les Mystères de Paris spawned a class of imitations all over the world, the city mysterie..."
Eugène Sue - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia