The Marquis de Sade (Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade) dies in Charenton, France. Since 1809 he has been held in solitary confinement in the asylum at Charenton on orders from the police. He has also been denied access to pen and paper to prevent him from writing down any of his ideas. His son will have all his remaining unpublished manuscripts burned including a large multi-volume work, Les Journées de Florbelle.
An aristocrat, philosopher, politician, and revolutionary, de Sade will become best known for his writings on sexuality and libertine lifestyles.
De Sade's revolutionary views on human freedom will not be limited to general political freedom: he will advocate an extreme form of freedom in which humans should be unrestrained by anything — law, politics, religion, morality, etc.