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The Marquis de Sade
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   The ancestral home of the Marquis de Sade had stood for centuries on the brow of a hill, overlooking the picturesque town of La Coste in Provence. Sade had spent 13 years in various prisons under a royal lettre de cachet obtained by his mother-in-law, but when he was released after the Revolution, he learned that his chateau had been looted and destroyed by his former vassals. Today, the empty windows and broken walls are a reminder of the fragility of life and of the mind that had once lived behind those walls.

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