Category Archives: Marquis de Sade at Versailles

… the moon over the shoulders of mountains, executioner scratching his back with an ax…

The cattle wouldn’t go anywhere near the Revolution Square, today’s Place de la Concorde: 2 625 people, butchered on the same spot, have saturated the ground with blood. The team of five executioners (Charles-Henry Sanson, 53 years old, sons et al) … Continue reading

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Unlike Pleasure, Pain Is the Most Honest of Sensations, It Doesn’t Try To Fool You

1800. Napoleon had declared an amnesty for all the political refugees. In her memoirs Madame de Menerville tells a simple but very charming story of the dispossessed French nobility returning to Versailles and moving into the neighborhood of Saint-Louis.  For some time already the local businessmen had been settling to the … Continue reading

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