Marriage and Revolution: Monsieur and Madame Roland

Hardcover | August 12, 2012

bySian Reynolds

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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 toBrissot 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 oftenmarginalized 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 awoman 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 Based on manuscript sources including many unpublished letters, Marriage and Revolution sets out to examine an unusually companionate marriage over the long term: its intimacy, parenthood, everyday lifein the provinces, friendships, academic cooperation, political enthusiasms and quarrels, and finally its dramatic ending during the Revolution.

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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 toBrissot and the Girondins, and both died during th...

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 Universit...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:August 12, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199560420

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Prologue: 4 February 1780IntroductionPart I: Getting Married: Before 17801. The Bride's Story 1: The child Manon2. The Bride's Story 2: Becoming an Enlightenment woman: Marie-Jeanne3. The Groom's Story 1: Odd man out4. The Groom's Story 2: Turgot's disciple5. Who to marry? Suitors and fiance(e)sPart II: Married life: 1780-17896. Bonjour Loup! Living together7. Educating Eudora: Parenthood together8. Essays and Academies: Writing together9. Leaving the North: To the Beaujolais together10. The Calm before the Storm: Housekeeping togetherPart III: Revolution: Bliss to be Alive 1789-179111. 1789: Watching from Lyon12. 1790: Joining the Municipal Revolution13. 1790: A Community of Friends?14. 1791: When is a Salon not a Salon? Parisian circles15. 1791: After Varennes16. 1791: Provincial life has lost its charmsPart IV: In the Thick of it17. March 1792: What, no Buckles? The Brissotin Ministry18. Summer 1792: Minister of the King19. June-August 1792: Out of the Frying Pan into the Fire20. August-September 1792: Invasion and Massacre21. 1792-1793: Minister of the Republic: Grain and Museums22. '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 Trap24. January-May 1793: Nobody's Minister25. January-November 1793: Marie-Jeanne in Love26. 31 May 1793: One Night in Summer27. June-October 1793: A la vie et a la mort: Prison and Flight28. November 1793: The Tribunal and the SwordstickSources and BibliographyAcknowledgements