Renée-Pélagie de Montreuil
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
- "Oui, je suis libertin, j'ai conçu tout ce qu'on peut concevoir dans ce genre-là, mais je n'ai sûrement pas fait tout ce que j'ai conçu et ne le ferai sûrement jamais. Je suis un libertin, mais je ne suis pas un criminel ni un meurtrier." (Lettre à Mme de Sade, écrite à par Sade Vincennes le 20 February 1781)
Described as "a plain and uneducated young aristocrat, raised in fear of God, when she was married on May 17, 1763 to the Marquis de Sade by her unscrupulous parents. He already was a libertine and atheist. Yet, from the day they met, Renée Pélagie fell passionately in love with her husband and devoted herself totally to him. It's Sade's first and only marriage. Renée's 10-year-younger sister Anne-Prospère de Launay, became his mistress with her blessing eight years later." (from a review of Renée Pélagie, Marquise de Sade by Gerard Badou).
On May 1 1763 the French King, the Queen, and the royal family give their consent to the proposed marriage between the Marquis de Sade, allied through the Maille family to the royal blood of the Condes, and Renee-Pelagie Cordier de Launay de Montreuil (born in Paris December 3, 1741), eldest daughter of the President Claude-Rene de Montreuil and of Marie-Madeline Masson de Plissay (married August 22, 1740). On May 15 the marriage contract is signed by the parties in the town house of the President, situated rue Neuve-du-Luxembourg. The future husband signs it Louis-Aldonse-Donatien. On May 17 the marriage is celebrated in the church of Saint-Roch.
Children from the marriage
From her marriage to Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade Renée had issue:
- (a) Louis Marie de Sade, son
- (b) Donatien Claude Armand, Chevalier de Sade, son
- (c) Madeleine Laure, daughter
- Sade's Wife: The Woman Behind the Marquis by Margaret Crosland (1995)