Ancestral Voices eThe revolution and returned to her home in the Austrian where she was interrogated because of her revolutionary activities She then returned to France where she opposed the Terror she was interrogated because of her revolutionary activities She then returned to France where she opposed the Terror one time she was almost killed by a mob and was lucky toscape with her life Tragically she suffered from mental illness which probably started during the Terror and she spent the last part of her life in an insane asylumPauline L on was the daughter of a working class family in Paris and had to support her widowed mother and younger siblings from an arly age She was an nthusiastic supporter of the revolution from the beginning and like Th roigne participated in an nthusiastic supporter of the revolution from the beginning and like Th roigne participated in riots and protests although it has been debated whether she actually participated in the women s march to Versailles in 1789 where the market women of Paris demanding bread to feed their families brought the king back to Paris Together with other working class women who shared her views she formed a women s revolutionary society which demanded political rights including the vote for women and often took to the streets in protest Originally L on and her group were allies of Robespierre and the Jacobins but when they refused to xtend voting rights to women they joined forces with a political faction called the Bones, Clones, and Biomes enrag s who were politically to the left of Robespierre and were sympathetic to the possibility of rights for women But Robespierre sent many of the leaders of thenrag s to the guillotine and L on s group Bringing the Empire Home eventually faded from the scene L on married a journalist Th ophile Leclerc and settled down into her married lifeThe youngest protagonist of Moore s book introduced relatively late in the book is Juliette R camier who was married very young to a banker who had been her mother s lover In fact there were rumors that her husband was actually her father It was probably a marriage in name only Juliette was only a child at the beginning of the revolution but she became a leading salon hostess during the Directory and under Napoleon s rule Initially she and Th r sia Tallien were friends but they became rivals and their lifestyles were opposites Th r sia was sexually promiscuous and wore revealing clothes but Juliette was modest in her clothing and chaste in her lifestyle Modesty and chastity were considered ideals for women under Napoleon s rule and so Juliette supplanted Th r sia as the leading lady of Parisian society Interestingly Juliette became close friends with Germaine de Sta lven though their lifestyles were so different and Juliette was the model for a character in one of Germaine s novelsAs well as telling the story of these fascinating women Moore writes about the role of women in the French Revolution in general Women participated in all the major vents of the revolution including the storming of the Bastille the women s march to Versailles and the fall of the monarchy Of course Moore writes of the women who knitted at the foot of the guillotine the basis for Dickens Mme Defarge in A Tale of Two Cities But as Moore points out ven though women played a vital role in all the Building the Cold War events of the revolution they never gained political and voting rights which were reserved for men They did gain some important civil rights they could marry without their parents permission once they reached a certain age they could own property independently of their husbands and they could initiate a divorce But the rights they gained under the revolution were taken away by Napoleon And as Moore says men and women wereual before the guillotine Women as well as men were guillotined during the Terror Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F) even though they did not make the political gains that men didI highly recommend Moore s book In these difficult times it is fascinating to read about people who lived through another difficult time The book is relatively long but it reads uickly and is a very rewardingxperience I ll review later This was incredibly good I think one of my favorites I have read this year for non fiction It was detailed and informative and with the perfect amount of a feminist perspective At first I was a little overwhelmed trying to keep track of the different names and people but Counter-Amores eventually I got them straight in my head and that made them muchnjoyableAs I summarized on tumblr previously this book was about 75% me being amazed at these clever determined women 10% me being grossed out and shuddering over the things that happened to them and all the other women and 15% angryirritatedetc about the rampant sexism and misogyny of the times detailed within Seriously though It was Dancing at Armageddon eual parts fascinating and horrifying to realize that the way our male dominated society treats women who stepped out of their proscribed gender roles has pretty much not changed from then to now Men are forever fixated on women s purity and sexuality basically Show intelligence or step out of your acceptable roles and you were and still are derided as a slut whoretcANYWAY a fascinating read without a doub. Héroigne de Méricourt was an unhappy courtesan who fell in love with revolutionary ideals Exuberant decadent Thérésia Tallien was a ruthless manipulator instrumental in Double Jeopardy engineering Robespierre's downfall Their stories and others provide a fascinating new perspective on one of history's most turbulentpoch. ,
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my fascination with the French Revolution Before I read A Place of Greater Safety I had onlyfascination with the French Revolution Before I read A Place of Greater Safety I had only sketchiest knowledge of this period in French history I m much better informed now and ven so thanks to Lucy Moore s account of the lives of six women who were intimately involved in the Revolution and its aftermath Some of these women I knew a little about already in particular the formidable Manon Roland who was one of the first victims of the Terror the sans culottes women s group organizer Pauline L on and the courtesan turned revolutionary Th roigne de M Dark Voices excellent accessible prose and includes detailed notes a comprehensive bibliography a glossary of terms information about persons mentioned in the book other than the six central figures and suggestions for further reading It s highly recommended for readers with an interest in the French Revolution However readers who don t already have some knowledge about key figures andvents of the period will probably find it less interesting than I did I m glad to have read the book with my good friend Jemidar who shares my interest in this fascinating period Mentioned freuently in this book is the song of the French Revolution a Ira Here it is sung by Edith Piaf For a translation here s a link to Wikipedia It may have taken until the late 1960s for the xpression the personal is political to condense an important truth but as Lucy Moore s fascinating new book shows that truth is not a new one Liberty tells the story of the French Revolution through the lives of the great salonni re Germaine de Sta l the passionate middle class ideologue Manon Roland the kind hearted flibbertigibbet Th r sia de Fontenay the feisty former courtesan Th roigne de M ricourt and the much younger Juliette R camier whose beauty and chasity a very rare thing to judge by this book caused her to become an icon of the Republic not to mention the intimate life of Josephine Bonaparte This book takes them jointly and severally through xile intrigue imprisonment in rat infested jails multiple lovers bloodbaths and reversals not to mention some fabulous parties In Liberty The Life and Times of Six Women in Revolutionary France author Lucy Moore tells the story of six remarkable women and the turbulent times in which they lived Although the book is nonfiction it reads very well and holds the reader s interest as well as a novel Moore s six protagonists come from various levels on the social scale from aristocrats to working class women and Divided by Color (American Politics and Political Economy Series) each has a compelling storyGermaine de Sta l was the daughter of Jacues Necker Louis XVI s popular finance minister His dismissal was one of thevents that led to the storming of the Bastille Germaine was married to the Swedish ambassador but it was a marriage of convenience and she had many lovers over the years but would not divorce her husband Creating Country Music even when divorce became legal because of the diplomatic immunity her marriage gave her She was highly intelligent and sociable and in 1789 at the beginning of the French Revolution she was France s leading salon hostess Many liberal intellectuals came to Mme de Sta l s salon to discuss philosophy and the politics of the day Mme de Sta l and the people usually men who freuented her salon supported the idealisticarly stage of the revolution but they thought France should have a king with his powers limited by a constitution As the revolution became increasingly radical Mme de Sta l became disillusioned with it and in 1792 as she attempted to flee from Paris her carriage was surrounded by a mob and dragged to the city hall where luckily for her an old friend was in charge and she was Blacklands eventually given permission to leave the country She settled in her father s native Switzerland but wanted to join her lover Louis de Narbonne who was rud to be the illegitimate son of a member of the royal family in England and was devastated to learn he no longer loved her Mme de Sta l returned to France after the Terror and once again became a leader in society She became well known as a novelist drawing thinly disguised portraits of herself and the people in her circle and was a prolific letter writer When Napoleon came to power she supported him at first but became disillusioned after he declared himself consul for life and thenmperor and also because he seemed immune to her charms She left the country once again became one of Napoleon The ideals of the French Revolution inflamed a longing for liberty and Evolutionary Patterns euality within courageous freethinking women of thera women who played vital roles in the momentous Evolution As Entropy events that reshaped their nation and the world In Liberty Lucy Moore paints a vivid portrait of sixxtraordinary Frenchwomen from vastly. Most severe critics and lived to survive his ruleManon Roland was than a decade older than Germaine de Sta l but was also a leading salon hostess She came from a middle class background and was a prolific reader from an Forging Gay Identities early age After beingducated in a convent she married a man much older than herself Their marriage was one of intellects and there was never much passion on Forbidden History either side During thearly phase of the revolution Mme Roland s political beliefs were similar to Germaine de Sta l s but she ventually moved farther to the left and supported the fall of the monarchy At her
SALON SHE HOSTED A GROUP OF POLITICIANS KNOWN ASshe hosted a group of politicians known as Girondins who were moderate revolutionaries She fell in love with one of them Fran ois Buzot but never acted on her feelings ven though her husband became jealous Mme Roland kept her feelings hidden from the outside world and Esteem Enlivened by Desire even in her memoir which she wrote from prison she never mentioned the man she loved by name It was only many years later that people found out who he was when some of her letters to him were discoveredRobespierre was originally a friend of Mme Roland but as he became radical there was a split between them and hengineered the downfall of Mme Roland s friends the Girondins Mme Roland herself was imprisoned Although unlike Mme de Sta l she never intended to be an author she wrote her memoirs in prison After several months in prison she was guillotined as were many of her friends Her husband and the man she loved both committed suicide to avoid the guillotine Mme Roland was a woman of many contradictions whose words often said one thing while her actions said another She often said women should not have the vote and they should be subordinate to their husbands In this she was influenced by Rousseau who believed women should be confined to the domestic sphere But on the other hand she had a passion for politics and she spoke before the National Convention and wrote her husband s speeches If she had lived today she might have become a politician herselfTh r sia de Fontenay was the daughter of a wealthy family and Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith educated at a convent She was married off at fourteen to an aristocrat who was much older Her husband lived a dissolute life and from the beginning her marriage was very unhappy Only fifteen in 1789 shembraced the revolution arly on ven though she was married to an aristocrat Th r sia became the lover of Jean Lambert Tallien a young deputy in the National Convention who was at least at the beginning an ally of Robespierre Always kind hearted Th r sia used her influence with Tallien to save many people from the guillotine Eventually Tallien turned against Robespierre and was one of the leaders of the coup that resulted in his downfall and They Shall Be One Flesh execution Th r sia became one of the stars of society under the new government the Directory This was a decadent society withxtravagant balls and parties and Th r sia thrived in that atmosphere She was known for wearing very revealing clothes with bare arms and The Heritage of Arabo-Islamic Learning even bare breasts She married Tallien after Robespierre s fall but their marriage was not happy and she had many lovers Th r sia became the best friend of the future Empress Josephine but they had a major falling out after the coup d tat against the Directory that brought Napoleon to power because Th r sia continued to support the members of the former governmentspecially Barras one of the Directors who had been her lover Also she rejected Napoleon s advances and he never forgave her for it She ventually married an aristocrat and was content in her last marriageIn contrast to the upper class women Moore also writes about two lower class women Th roigne de M ricourt and Pauline L on Not as much is known about their lives since the lives of the lower classes in general are sparsely documented But what Moore tells us about these women is fascinating Th roigne was born just outside the French border in what was then part of the Austrian Empire and fell in love arly on with a British soldier who promised to marry her but instead seduced and abandoned her Because she was considered a fallen woman she was not welcomed back into the society into which she was born and she became a courtesan Th roigne was an Under One Sky enthusiastic supporter of the revolution and from the beginning argued for political rights for women She freuently took to the streets in various riots and protests In 1792 Th roigne participated in the attack on the royal palace that led to the fall of the monarchy and she attacked a royalist journalist who had often reviled her because of her past as a courtesan In spite of thefforts of Th roigne and others to gain political rights for women Robespierre and many of the other leading revolutionaries who were influenced by Rousseau believed the revolution should be only for men Th roigne wanted women to be able to join the Jacobin Club but Robespierre and other leading Jacobins turned down her reuest Th roigne ventually became disillusioned with. Different social and conomic backgrounds who helped stoke the fervor and idealism of those years and who risked verything to make their mark on historyGermaine de Staël was a wealthy passionate Parisian intellectual as consumed by love affairs as she was by politics who helped write the 1791 Constitution .