Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Fit to Be Tied

(The Chateau de Conde-en-Brie)
Many people cringe at the mention of Marquis de Sade. It seems even his relatives changed their family title from Marquis to Comte. So we apologize in advance to anyone easily offended or faint of heart, but if you are really so put off by shameless displays of public humiliation, then STOP WATCHING DANCING WITH THE STARS!!!

(The Grand Salon)

We recently ran across a feature on a residence owned by the de Sade family. We immediately began to wonder what it would be like flocking against such a backdrop, but then realized that the Marquis himself never lived there. The Chateau de Conde-en-Brie is located near the lush vineyards of Champagne, France. It was heavily damaged in both world wars, but has since been fully restored by the Marquis’ ancestors and houses many of de Sade’s papers, diaries and travel logs. It also appears that you can rent out the Chateau for wedding and parties (so it looks like the only golden shower you are likely to get there nowadays is just some cheap confetti).

(The Music Salon)

Apparently the attic contained a large mysterious case that had never been opened. Now perhaps we have overactive imaginations, but we envisioned a trunk filled with magical sex toys that sprung to life and began scampering around the room like some pornographic Pandora’s Box. At the minimum we were hoping for a flogger tipped with demon’s teeth, a blindfold that could predict the future or at least a ball gag that could speak several languages. (In the end, all it contained were some plays, letters and a diary.)

(Papers and memorabilia)

Illustration from "Histoire de Juliette" by the Marquis de Sade, 1797. They don’t sell these pulley systems at Home Depot (we know because we checked – the salesperson will just give you a strange look and send you to the plumbing department…)

Dictating to DeSade
In the dark entrails of the Bastille
And as he wrote, I smote
A royal blow to the heads of France
And in the sheen of guillotines
I saw others, fallen, dance

(Babalon A.D. (So Glad For the Madness) by Cradle of Filth)


The House of Beauty and Culture said...

The perfect setting for a costume ball, an S&M Ball that is.

Be the change..... said...

what a fabulous looking chateau! Disappointing about that case in the attic....maybe there is a secret hidden room or another box hidden somewhere!

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