|Portrait by Bonneville. Musée des beaux-arts, Lyon|
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Tuesday, 23 March 2021
Saturday, 20 March 2021
Of all the many personal tragedies of the Revolutionary epoch, none seems more poignant than the death of Condorcet, the great exponent of human progress, alone in his prison cell. The nature of his death remains uncertain; did he attempt to take charge of his fate by an act of suicide or did he merely succumb, more mundanely but mercifully, to a medical condition - a heart attack or a stroke? Here are a few notes on the lead up to Condorcet's arrest, and what is know of his final end.
In the rue Servandoni - With Mme de Vernet
Sunday, 14 March 2021
Radio 4 Things We Forgot to Remember - The French Revolution
Here is a radio programme from the archives that still makes interesting listening.
In this series of half-hour broadcasts, produced by the BBC in conjunction with the Open University, Michael Portillo "revisits the great moments of history to discover that they often conceal other events of equal but forgotten importance". Portillo isn't quite the UK's answer to Franck Ferrand, but he is definitely more appealing as a presenter than he ever was as a politician.
The episode on the French Revolution, which dates from 2007, did indeed venture onto new territory, at least for Anglo-Saxon listeners, in that it centred on the War in the Vendée. It features the English academics, William Doyle and Alan Forrest, plus a notable contribution from Jean-Clément Martin who gets his points across admirably in heavily-accented English.
Friday, 12 March 2021
Wednesday, 10 March 2021
Here are some notes from a TV documentary broadcast on 15th February on France 5 in which Philippe Charlier outline his latest researches into the "sick men of the Revolution", Robespierre and Marat.
Saturday, 6 March 2021
We now come to 1793, the year of the Terror. Morice mentions the assassination of Le Pelletier de Saint-Fargeau on the eve of the King's execution, in January 1793. He personally had visited Le Pelletier in the place Vendôme on several occasions on legal business and recalled some disturbing ornaments in his reception room - a huge jewel on the chimney breast and, in lieu of a mantle clock, a glass dome housing a miniature guillotine with all its accessories.
Wednesday, 3 March 2021
Tuesday, 2 March 2021
Here is a set of fifteen sketches by Georges-François-Marie Gabriel, from the Carnavalet, said to represent "clubbists" from the Revolutionary era. They were shown to the Friends of the Carnavalet as new acquisitions in 2010, but I can't find out any more details.
Monday, 1 March 2021