Sade's Wife : The Woman Behind the Marquis

by Margaret Crosland

Published by Peter Owen Ltd
Publication date: October 1995

REVIEW: by Booknews, Inc. , 05/01/96
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Reveals how Renee-Pelagie de Montreuil, Marquise de Sade, endured for decades not only the machinations of her frenetically dissolute husband but also those of her domineering mother, herself attracted to the Marquis. Renee-Pelagie also saw her husband fall in love with her sister, and forgave them both. The complex family relationships are illuminated against the social and political changes in France during the last years of the ancien regime, the Revolution, and its aftermath. Distributed by Dufour. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Table of Contents
1. Dutiful Daughter
2. Protective Wife
3. Understanding Sister
4. Permissive Partner
5. Prisoner's Friend
6. Prison Visitor
7. Solitary Mother
Chronology and Historical Background

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