by Red Cell
1901 translation of a 1665 French novel titled “La Vie des Dames Galantes” (The Lives Of The Gallant Ladies) which delves heavily into spanking and other BDSM territory. PIERRE DE BOURDEILLE BRANTÔME, was the son of a French nobleman and wrote memoirs during the Renaissance period that were more fiction than fact. He is distinguished for the level of promiscuity in his work, often including lesbianism, oral sex, sado-masochism and lengthy descriptions of female genitalia. He accompanied Mary Stuart to Scotland, served in the Spanish army in Africa, and joined the expedition of The Knights of St. John against the Sultan. One famous edition of La Vie des Dames Galantes was illustrated by Paul Emile Bécat (see below)! Copies of this double volume book start at $150 and go up from there. Here is a link to explore Pierre further.
I have heard speak of a noble lady of the great world, one of the very noblest of the land. In truth she was a desperate harlot, not content with her natural lubricity, who had been married, and was now widowed, and was a very handsome woman to boot. The better to excite and provoke her passions, she would have her ladies, wives and maids alike, stripped naked, especially the fairest of them, and she did take much naughty pleasure in gazing at them.
Then would she strike them with the flat of her hand on their backsides with loud smacks and spankings, giving them good sound knocks. Girls who had committed some delinquency would be struck with good birch-rods. Then was her contentment great to see them wriggle, and to see all the motions and twistings and turnings of their bodies and bottoms, the which they did exhibit according to the blows they got, and which were right curious and diverting.
At other times, without stripping them, she would have their petticoats tucked up as they were (for in those days they wore no drawers), and would slap and whip them on the buttocks, according to the offense they had done her, or just merely to make them laugh, or cry. And by dint of looking at these parts and studying them, she was used so to sharpen her appetites that afterward she would of times away and satisfy them in good earnest with some good, strong, robust gallant.
I have heard say that, beside the women and girls that were regularly of her suite, such stranger ladies as did come to visit her were in two or three days, or sometimes every time they did come thither, quickly broken in to this same game, making her own women first show the way and tread the road first, then the others after. Whereat some were sore astonished to see this kind of sport, others not. Truly a merry pastime this, and an agreeable one!
I have heard speak likewise of a great nobleman who did find pleasure in gazing at his wife so exposed, whether stripped naked or dressed, and cuffing and slapping her, and watching her move her body to and fro under the blows