Blood Sisters: The French Revolution in Women's Memory

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The promises of "liberty, equality, and fraternity" did not extend to women, but with the publication of Blood Sisters, the voices of the women who witnessed the French Revolution are finally restored to history. They left us an invaluable legacy - some eighty accounts of what they saw and experienced. These chronicles range from the sixteen-page testimonial of the Widow Bault, wife of the concierge in Marie-Antoinette's prison, to the ten-volume memoirs of the prolific writer Mme de Genlis; from the dictated ...
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The promises of "liberty, equality, and fraternity" did not extend to women, but with the publication of Blood Sisters, the voices of the women who witnessed the French Revolution are finally restored to history. They left us an invaluable legacy - some eighty accounts of what they saw and experienced. These chronicles range from the sixteen-page testimonial of the Widow Bault, wife of the concierge in Marie-Antoinette's prison, to the ten-volume memoirs of the prolific writer Mme de Genlis; from the dictated life story of an illiterate peasant to acknowledged classics by Mme Roland and Mme de Stael. No other literature in the Western world offers such an early treasury of women recording their personal histories within the context of a great political cataclysm. Their stories describe how they participated, individually and collectively, in the revolutionary saga and how they sometimes succeeded in manipulating a political system designed to exclude them. Whatever their political loyalties, the women saw themselves as victims, and their accounts document the connection between gender and victimization. Yet they did not accept their victimization passively. The memoirists of Blood Sisters portray themselves as active participants cheering the Revolution on its course or, more frequently, resisting it. Marilyn Yalom singles out those who authored the most unforgettable chronicles: the governess of the royal children; the servant attending Marie-Antoinette in her last days; Robespierre's sister, Charlotte; the peasant woman from the Vendee who fought as a soldier; and, of course, Mme Roland, whose autobiography has enchanted readers for centuries. Aristocrats and bourgeois women, royalists and republicans, even the few peasant and working-class women who left accounts of their experiences - all were bound together by a common nightmare. These compelling human dramas - moving accounts of survival on the cusp of catastrophe - add suffering faces to the canvas of lo
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Yalom, a faculty member of Stanford University's Institute for Research on Women and Gender who has written many books in the fields of French history and women's studies ( Rethinking the Family ), here uses her expertise to provide a thoughtful feminist analysis of the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror that followed. Quoting heavily from more than 75 memoirs, some written by women loyal to the throne, others by those who supported the Revolution, Yalom posits that, because the writers had in common both gender and a primary concern for personal relationships, they viewed the bloodshed differently than their male counterparts. She cites Rosalie Lamorliere's poignant chronicle of Marie Antoinette's last days, Charlotte Robespierre's memories of her brother Maximillian, who sent hundreds to the guillotine, and Alexandrine des Echerolles's account of the 1793 Lyons uprising as examples of the horror at the wanton loss of life that all these memoirists shared. A unique contribution to historical studies. Illustrations not seen by PW. History Book Club alternate. (July)
Library Journal
This masterfully crafted book adds a new dimension to our understanding of the French Revolution: it demonstrates how French women, as distinct from French men, remembered that event. Yalom (French literature & history, Stanford) draws upon the memoirs of 80 women. While the majority were aristocrats, like Germaine de Stael and Madame Roland, a few were of the peasant and working class, and most were sensitive to areas in which gender affected their experiences and sensibilities. All, in some way, felt a duty to record the pain and tragedy they had witnessed. Yalom incorporates their reminiscences within the chronological narrative of the revolution and organizes her text geographically. Interspersed with insights from recent scholarship, the book includes a useful annotated bibliography. Scholars and students alike will benefit from this important volume.-- Marie Marmo Mullaney, Caldwell Coll., N.J.
Booknews
Aristocrats and bourgeoises, royalists and republicans, as well as servants and peasants, left accounts of the turbulence they witnessed. These women's chronicles, now restored to the historiography of the Revolution, range from the political to the personal and eloquently attest to the human costs of radical social change. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Gilbert Taylor
When asked his opinion about the French Revolution, Chou En-lai replied "It's too soon to tell," a wry comment that its events are an infinite source for the subsets of historiography--women's history included. Yalom's view of the Revolution seems to be negative, but whether that feeling stems from her own inclination or from the nature of her raw documentation is unclear. Certainly the 80 female memoirists she paraphrases, with a few exceptions such as the sister of Robespierre, detested what had happened. One, the Girondist Mme. Roland, lost her head; Mme. de Stael, the famed salon hostess of the day, fled to exile as did the portraitist of royalty, Vigee-Lebrun. Away from Paris, away from the upper crust, the provincials in Vendee and Lyons added their tincture of horror to scenes of the civil war and Terror. Though naturally varied in their separate colors, from sophisticated to pathetic (the case with recollections of Marie Antoinette's maid), to Yalom's mind these women's words represent a development in the memoir form, from simple chronicles of family domesticity to the recording of public activity, that like so much else the Revolution unleashed, was never to be fully turned back. Chou was right.
New York Newsday
Blood Sisters not only gives us a vivid and fresh picture of the French Revolution; it inspires us to rethink the old truism about history being written by the victors. History's victims write too, but their accounts sound different-less glorious, and much more like the way we imagine things really happened.
The Washington Times
An endlessly interesting and moving account of the articulate amateur memoirists of the Reign of Terror.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465092635
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/1993
  • Pages: 308

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction: Memory and Memoirs 1
2 The Year 1789, in Women's Words 15
3 The Fall of the Royal Family: Witnessed by the Duchesse de Tourzel 35
4 The King and the Queen in the Face of Death: Witnessed by Madame Royale and Rosalie Lamorliere 57
5 The Republic Vindicated and Violated: Starring Madame Roland 75
6 The Other Robespierre 99
7 The Widow Le Bas 115
8 Germaine de Stael's Considerations of the French Revolution 133
9 Plights and Ploys in the Provinces: Madame Vallon and Alexandrine des Echerolles 165
10 The Women of the Vendee 191
11 Exile: London, St. Petersburg, and Upstate New York 209
12 Reflections, Personal and Political 237
Notes 245
Annotated Bibliography of French Women's Eyewitness Accounts of the Revolution 267
Index 299
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