Lucien Antoine de Ladon, the Comte de Graçay was a member of the old French nobility who had lost three sons in Napoleon's wars. He lived at the Chateau de Graçay with his widowed daughter-in-law, Marie.
In the winter of 1810-1802,the Comte sheltered Hornblower, Bush, and Brown during their flight from French captivity. The party spent the winter as guests of the Comte and prepared for an escape in late Spring. While enjoying the hospitality of the Comte, Hornblower becomes overcome with loneliness and begins a relationship with Marie, the Comte's widowed daughter-in-law. When Spring came, the party escaped down the river Loire.
As a Resistance LeaderEdit
After Napoleon is defeated the first time, Hornblower's wife Barbara accompanies her brother, the Duke of Wellington to the Congress of Vienna, leaving Hornblower at loose ends. He decided to visit the Comte de Gracay, where he resumed his relationship with the Comte's daughter-in-law, Marie. When Napoleon escaped from Elba and raised a new army, Hornblower, the Comte and Marie lead a guerilla fight against the Imperial forces. They were eventually defeated, and Marie died from a leg wound; Hornblower and the Comte were captured and condemned to death, but news of the Emperor's defeat at the Battle of Waterloo arrived just in time to save their lives.