"Mon Cher Avocat"
Social and Verbal Abuse: The Marquis de Sade's Relations with His Estate Managers
Bathed in the Provençal sun that Van Gogh has taught the world not only to recognize, but to worship, the upland valley of the Luberon rolls gently between sharp, dramatic, wooded escarpments. Through the valley runs the ancient Via Domitia, now the D 108, the road that joined the Haute Provence towns of Apt and Forcalquier to the Roman Empire. The Pont Julien, one of the four surviving ancient Roman bridges, lies just between the mountain village of La Coste and Apt in the valley below. Just beyond lies Roussillon, the village made famous by Lawrence Wylie's Village in the Vaucluse.
When Gaspard François Xavier Gaufridy, notaire royal at Apt, like his father before him and his son after him, rode through the fields and vineyard to do business high up in the Château of La Coste, he traveled just sixteen kilometers. The Gaufridynotaires must have taken pride in their profession