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The Sinner’s Grand Tour: A Journey Through the Historical Underbelly of Europe

The Sinner’s Grand Tour: A Journey Through the Historical Underbelly of Europe

Author(s): Tony Perrottet

Location(s): Europe

Genre(s): Historical, Travelogue

Era(s): 1500s onwards

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In The Sinner’s Grand Tour, celebrated historian and travel writer Tony Perrottet sets off to discover a string of legendary sites and relics that are still kept far from public view. In southern France, an ancient text leads him inside the château of the Marquis de Sade, now owned by fashion icon Pierre Cardin. In Paris, an 1883 prostitute guide helps him discover the Belle Époque fantasy brothel Le Chabanais and the lost “sex chair” of King Edward VII. Renaissance documents in the Vatican Secret Archives point the way to the Pope’s very own apartments in Vatican City, wherein lies the fabled Stufetta del Bibbiena, a pornography-covered bathroom painted by Raphael in 1516. (Goodreads)

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