Remembered best for his 1847, co-written cultural work Le Moyen Age et la Renaissance, this nineteenth-century French writer also penned a series of books outlining the history of prostitution and founded a journal titled Revue Universelle des Arts.
Early in his literary career, he published a series of historical romance novels.
He often used the pen names of Bibliophile Jacob and P.L. Jacob, Bibliophile.
The son of a fiction writer, Lacroix grew up in Paris, France.
He wrote a historical work about the life of French emperor and president Napoleon III.