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Marriage and Revolution: Monsieur and Madame Roland

ISBN : 9780199560424

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Author: 
Sian Reynolds
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352 Pages
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Hardcover
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163 x 240 mm
Pub date
Jun 2012
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Marriage and Revolution is a double biography of Jean-Marie Roland (1734-1793) and Marie-Jeanne Phlipon, later Madame Roland (1754-1793), leading figures in the French Revolution. J.-M. Roland was minister of the Interior for a total of eight months during 1792. The couple were close to Brissot and the Girondins, and both died during the Terror. Mme Roland became famous for her posthumous prison memoirs and is the subject of many biographies, but her husband, despite being a key figure in administration of France, seldom out of the limelight during his time in office, is often marginalized in histories of the Revolution. Sian Reynolds examines the Roland marriage from its beginnings in an ancien regime mesalliance, opposed by both families, through its close cooperation in the 1780s, to its final phase as a political partnership during the Revolution. Both Roland's actions as minister and Mme Roland's role as a woman close to power were praised and blamed at the time, and the controversies have persisted. Based on manuscript sources including many unpublished letters, Marriage and Revolution sets out to examine an unusually companionate marriage over the long term: its intimacy, parenthood, everyday life in the provinces, friendships, academic cooperation, political enthusiasms and quarrels, and finally its dramatic ending during the Revolution.

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Prologue: 4 February 1780
Introduction
PART I: GETTING MARRIED: BEFORE 1780
1. The Bride's Story 1: The child Manon
2. The Bride's Story 2: Becoming an Enlightenment woman: Marie-Jeanne
3. The Groom's Story 1: Odd man out
4. The Groom's Story 2: Turgot's disciple
5. Who to marry? Suitors and fiance(e)s
PART II: MARRIED LIFE: 1780-1789
6. Bonjour Loup! Living together
7. Educating Eudora: Parenthood together
8. Essays and Academies: Writing together
9. Leaving the North: To the Beaujolais together
10. The Calm before the Storm: Housekeeping together
PART III: REVOLUTION: BLISS TO BE ALIVE 1789-1791
11. 1789: Watching from Lyon
12. 1790: Joining the Municipal Revolution
13. 1790: A Community of Friends?
14. 1791: When is a Salon not a Salon? Parisian circles
15. 1791: After Varennes
16. 1791: Provincial life has lost its charms
PART IV: IN THE THICK OF IT
17. March 1792: What, no Buckles? The Brissotin Ministry
18. Summer 1792: Minister of the King
19. June-August 1792: Out of the Frying Pan into the Fire
20. August-September 1792: Invasion and Massacre
21. 1792-1793: Minister of the Republic: Grain and Museums
22. 'This astonishing lady': What did the Minister's Wife do all day?
23. 1792-1793: The Bureau d'esprit public: Fact or Fantasy?
PART V: THE CLOSING TRAP
24. January-May 1793: Nobody's Minister
25. January-November 1793: Marie-Jeanne in Love
26. 31 May 1793: One Night in Summer
27. June-October 1793: A la vie et a la mort: Prison and Flight
28. November 1793: The Tribunal and the Swordstick
Sources and Bibliography
Acknowledgements

About the author: 

Sian Reynolds was born and educated in Cardiff, read Modern Languages at St Anne's College, Oxford, and has a doctorate in History from the University of Paris-VII, supervised by Michelle Perrot. She has taught in secondary schools, adult education, the Universities of Sussex and Edinburgh, and was Professor of French at the University of Stirling from 1990-2004. She has published books on both French and Scottish history, and translated works by leading French historians such as Fernand Braudel, as well as detective novels by Fred Vargas. She is a past president of the Association for the Study of Modern & Contemporary France, and is currently Chair of the Scottish Working People's History Trust.

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