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de_sade1 Imaginary Portrait of D.A.F Sade-Man Ray 1936

In 1789 the Marquis De Sade was one of eight prisoners held in the state prison of Bastille.For a number of years he had been detainedunderlettres de cachet, a system were the King could imprison a subject without trial and without the opportunity of appeal.Lettres de cachet were one of the most hated features of theancien regime, as it was open to a wide variety of abuses, notably the possible life-long detainment of embarrassing family members by wealthy and noble petitioners.

On the morning of July 2, the Marquis was in a highly excitable state and nervously paced the confines of his cell. His wife had told him about the chaos on the streets of Paris.The Marquis had noticed the stepping up of military preparations within the fortress. At noon his warden came to tell the Marquis that…

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