Friday, August 19, 2011

Baron Jacques d'Adelsward-Fersen

Baron Jacques d'Adelsward-Fersen ( 1880–1923) was a French aristocrat, novelist and poet.


Thirteen, blond, with knowing eyes,
Flashing restlessness and desire,
Street boys' lips tinged with
The mischievous, even, yes, the vicious.
He is reading: in the study hall
The others are bent, writing an exercise,
He alone, in a corner, reads
Smutty poems by Musset;
The proctor passes by; quickly he hides himself,
Pretending devoted concentration,
At some nebulous task,
Working properly, neatly, without stains,
Calm again, the moment passed,
Resumes his reading, flushing,
Shifting slowly
To be deeper in shadow;
Slips his hands, unobserved,
Into his pocket pierced by a hole,
And there, for a while, fondles his toy,
Lost dreaming in feline sensualities!

In 1903 Fersen had a close friendship with Loulou Locré, a pupil at the Lycée Carnot.

In 1903, there was a scandal which ended Fersen's marriage plans.

The scandal involved alleged 'Black Masses' held in Fersen's house at 18 Avenue de Friedland, in Paris.

'Orgiastic feasts' were said to have been attended by Parisian schoolboys. Reportedly there had been sexual activity between the Baron and the boys.

Many prominent ladies and gentlemen came to gape at these exhibitionist tableaux vivants and poses plastiques, and some of the observers actually participated in them.

The much admired courtesan Liane de Pougy, for example, posed as the Callipygian Venus.

But scandal erupted following a failed blackmail attempt by Jacques' former valet, Pierre G. who demanded 100,000 francs in return for his silence.

Fersens' mother refused to pay. The blackmailer went to the police.

A number of schoolboys were shadowed and their activities observed, after which the police stepped in.

Fersen was arrested together with another aristocrat, Hamelin de Warren.

The schoolboys came from 'good' families and attended 'good' schools.

When it turned out that a number of top people had attended the 'orgies', the court decided to drop some charges.

The so-called 'Black Masses' seem to have involved poetry readings and the acting out of mythological scenes involving semi-naked lads.

Fersen was sent to jail for six months.

Afterwards, Fersen went to live on the island of Capri. There he built Villa Fersen, close to where the Tiberius had built his Villa Jovis.

In Rome Fersen met a fourteen-year-old called Nino Cesarini. Nino became Fersen's secretary, and lived with him until his death.


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