Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution
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Instead of the dying Old Regime, Schama presents an ebullient country, vital and inventive, infatuated with novelty and technology--a strikingly fresh view of Louis XVI's France. A New York Times bestseller in hardcover. 200 illustrations.
instead the excitement of opposition. The more vocal their complaints, the more enthusiastically they were applauded in pamphlets and broadsides. The lapdogs of the government had turned into the terriers of the people. Many of the provincial magistrates, municipal councillors and bishops who had come to Versailles at least neutral towards the cause of tax reform found that by sheer obstruction they could exert more power than they had ever imagined. Their entry into political life was thus
Archevêché. It sent three courageous volunteers, two of them textile manufacturers, to speak to the crowds. “Who are you and why do you want to stop us hanging Réveillon?” one of the crowd asked. With a grandiose magnanimity borrowed directly from the theater, the textile maker Charton replied, “I am the Father-Provider [père nourricier] of several of you [meaning their boss] and the brother of all of you.” “Well then, since you are our brother, embrace us” (a proof of fraternity which many of
as no surprise to discover that it had been Dumouriez who had been responsible for the military defense of western France. For in the same week that the tricolor fell in the Flemish mud at Neerwinden, the Department of the Vendée had risen in bloody insurrection against the Republic. II SACRED HEARTS: THE RISING IN THE VENDEE The little grain-market town of Machecoul lay twelve miles from the Atlantic. Just after dawn, on the eleventh of March 1793, seven-year-old Germain Bethuis was woken
César, 445 Lacombe, Claire, 676 Lacretelle, Pierre Louis de, 253, 439 Lacroix, Sébastian Marie-Bruno, 455, 690 Ladavèse, Chevalier de, 420–21 La Drôme, Jullien de, 529 Lafayette, Adrienne, 19, 22, 23, 385, 738 Lafayette, Anastasie, 385, 738 Lafayette, George Washington, 385, 738 Lafayette, Marie Joseph Yves Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de, 26, 35, 134, 241–2, 251, 351, 352, 354–5, 370, 372, 480, 577, 584, 638, 698, 727; in 1830 Revolution, 9–11, 12–13; in America, 10–11, 19–24, 31, 407,
Far from appearing moribund, signs of dynamism and energy may be found wherever the historian looks. From the King downward, the elite were less obsessed with tradition than with novelty, and less preoccupied with feudalism than with science. In the great pile of the Louvre were housed not just the Académie Française and academies of painting and inscriptions and medals, but those of science and the latest royal foundation, the Academy of Medicine. Moreover it was a royal initiative in 1785 that