Sunday, November 14, 2010
The Chateau De Saumur and the Ghost of the Marquis de Sade
In 1621 the castle was turned into an army barracks and later into a prison. It would house many notourious figures. The most notorious figure to live in The Chateau De Saumur was the Marquis de Sade. The Marquis de Sade is most known for his writings in which he wrote about the link between sexual gratification, torture, and pain. His name is the origin of the word sadism. The Marquis spent most of his life in prison. He was inprisoned for his disturbing writings, but continued to write in prison. He was inprisoned in many asylums and prisons throughout France during the 32 yrs he was incarcerated but his ghost is thought to linger at Chateau De Saumur. I have been unable to find any real information on the nature of the haunting at the Chateau, but I was intrigued by any haunting that involves De Sade, a man whose cruelty is legendary.
The Chateau itself is quite lovely. It is one of many beautiful castles in the Loire Valley and has been turned into a museum dedicated to horses. I missed this lovely castle in my tour of the Loire Valley, but I will look for it next time. De Sade's ghost isn't something I would want to miss.