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Arsouille, Mylord L'. There have been two historical figures called “Mylord L’Arsouille,” or “Lord of Debauchery:” Charles Battut (?-?), a bookseller in pre-Revolutionary Paris, and Lord Henry Seymour, the Marquess of Hertford (1805-1859). Battut gained the title in part because of his pornographic novel Mylord Arsouille, ou les bamboches d’un gentleman (1789). Seymour was the founder of the Jockey Club in Paris and the father of French horse racing. Seymour was cruel, vain, and misanthropic, and gained notoriety for the “descente de la Courtille,” a debauched orgy he funded and led in Belleville four times until his bankruptcy in 1838. In 1914 the French author Noel Marin wrote the pulp Mylord L’Arsouille #1-?, in which Seymour is portrayed as a particularly evil gang-leader.
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