Marquis de Sade with Caroline Warman

Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), now famous as a writer of vilely cruel and exceedingly embarrassing pornography, was imprisoned for a total of 27 years under three completely different forms of government - in the last years of Louis XVI’s reign, during the Revolution, and under Napoleon. What was he imprisoned for? He never had a trial, so he never knew. Caroline Warman will introduce you to the man, his writings and his context, and explore how his work resisted and played out the violence imposed on him by the establishment.