Lacoste is our nearest village, three kilometres away.  It is dominated by the ruins of the château, which belonged to the Sade family and had 42 rooms. A typical fortified hill village, Lacoste experienced all the calamities of the 14th century – plague, wars, plundering – but was re-settled  by the Vaudois, then destroyed again in 1545. The Marquis de Sade was lord of Lacoste for thirty years.  Imprisoned several times in the 1760s for procuring and mistreating prostitutes, he was exiled to his château in 1768.  After further scandals he fled to Italy in 1772 with his wife’s sister with whom he was having an affair.  Sade later returned to hide at the château, where his wife became an accomplice in the abuse…