Anne-Prospère de Launay  

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Illustration: Portrait fantaisiste du marquis de Sade (1866) by H. Biberstein

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Anne-Prospère de Launay (December 27, 1751 - May 13, 1781) was the sister-in-law of Marquis de Sade.

In the autumn of 1771 Anne-Prospère left her convent to make her home with the de Sades and their children after which Sade began an affair with her.

She wrote the passionate letter, signed with her blood:

"I swear to the Marquis de Sade, my lover, never to be but his alone. ... Never to get married, nor give myself to others, and to be faithfully attached to him, as long as the the blood that I use to seal this oath runs through my veins. I give him the sacrifice of my life, my love and my feelings, with the same ardour that I gave him my virginity. (...)" (translation JW Geerinck).

On May 10 1781 Lady Anne de Launay falls ill with smallpox, the first signs of the disease appearing on Thursday evening. On May 13 she dies at 1:00 p.m.

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