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Such works have frequently been banned by the government or religious authorities. The publishers of the latter book were found not guilty by the court on the grounds of the literary merit of the book. Erotic or pornographic works have often been prosecuted, censored and destroyed by the authorities on grounds of obscenity. The attribution to Sigea and Meursius was a lie; the true author was Nicolas Chorier. Prosecutions of books for their erotic content alone were rare and works which attacked the church or state gave much more concern to the authorities than erotica or ' obscene libel ' as it was then known. It also featured a curious form of social stratification. Significant elements of sado-masochism were present in some examples, perhaps reflecting the influence of the English public schoolwhere flagellation was routinely used as a punishment. There are also those created as a form of satire or social criticism.