French Revolution

Stories About the French Revolution by Those Who Lived It

Stories about the French Revolution frequently begin with the fall of the Bastille because it was a pivotal moment that happened on 14 July 1789 when revolutionaries stormed the prison that had once been a fortress. For many of them, the Bastille was a symbol of Louis XVI’s tyranny and monarchical despotism and therefore important……...

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Severed Heads During the French Revolution

Suppose you see a severed head dripping blood on a pike. What do you feel? Revulsion? Terror? Severed heads were often a common image associated with the French Revolution. Why were they so prevalent and how prevalent were they?… This content is for All Access members only.Login Join Now...

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An Escape From the Guillotine During the French Revolution

During the French Revolution, between 5 September 1793 and 28 July 1794 (a period known as The Terror), it has been estimated that at least 40,000 people were executed, including Maximilien Robespierre, a French lawyer and politician, and one of the best known and most influential figures associated with the French Revolution. Official records however……...

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Edmund Burke’s “Reflections on the Revolution in France”

Edmund Burke wrote the pamphlet, Reflections on the Revolution in France, And on the Proceedings in Certain Societies in London Relative to that Event, In a Letter Intended to Have Been Sent to a Gentleman in Paris. He did so in 1790 and besides being remembered for his objections to the French Revolution he is……...

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Grace Dalrymple Elliott and the French Revolution

Grace Dalrymple Elliott was considered a great beauty in her times, but a bad omen accompanied her birth in 1754. She had been educated in France at a convent, returned to Scotland, and met and married Sir John Elliot,* a respected physician. Yet, despite being married, she fell in love with a Lord Valentia, whom……...

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Reine Audu: Heroine of the French Revolution

Reine Audu, a heroine of the French Revolution, was born Louise-Renée Leduc. She became a French fruit seller in Paris and first gained recognition in October of 1789, when she and others led the Women’s March on Versailles resulting in Royal Family being taken to the Tuileries Palace in Paris. At the time, the marching……...

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Dogs During the French Revolution: What Became of Them

All sorts of events were associated with dogs during the French Revolution and many stories exist because the revolution was a chaotic time not just for people but also for the dogs. Sometimes dogs suffered danger and sometimes they were the danger. Dogs also helped to maintain prisoner morale, functioned as messengers, and sometimes served……...

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Festival of Reason during the French Revolution

The Cult of Reason (Culte de la Raison) was the first state sponsored atheistic religion. Bringing this civic religion to fruition was the Festival of Reason (Fête de la Raison), a celebration that would launch a dechristianization movement. The Cult of Reason had been created to replace Roman Catholicism because there was great unhappiness over……...

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Places of the French Revolution: Place Louis XV

Among the places of the French Revolution was the Place Louis XV (later called the Place de la Concorde). It was located between the Palais des Tuileries and the Champs Élysées. The square, which was originally a spot where market-gardeners grew cabbage and lettuce, was established and named in honor of King Louis XV. Ange-Jacques……...

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