An Italian swindler and double-dealer who served numerous masters. Supposedly a professor of Latin, indisputably a dealer in stolen jewelry, he was a regular at the Palais-Royal where he met with the duke of Orléans up to ten times a day (one can only assume that it was not to teach the duke Latin). At one point, Rotondo was accused of attempting to assassinate Lafayette, with whom he had an on-going feud. A regular at almost every political club, Rotondo was in close contact with the radical leaders of the day. He was in and out of prison for a variety of offenses. At one point, it was rumored that it was he who had murdered the queen's confidante, the princess of Lamballe; a rumor that Rotondo made no attempt to dispel.