Jacques Cazotte

Christened in 1734, the Chateau de la Marquetterie is bathed in the Age of Enlightenment. Acquired by Jacques Cazotte in 1760, it became the place of French luxury of the time, and the site of parties where minds prevailed over flesh. Jacques Cazotte, pioneer of fanstastical literature, author ofThe Devil in Love, received guests such as Voltaire, Chénier and Lully. The harvest time was often the occasion for rural but cultivated receptions. A political visionary, Cazotte — who was not born an aristocrat — remained nonetheless faithful to Louis XVI and died on the gallows in 1792, proclaiming these words: “I die as I have lived, faithful to God and to my king.”