The French Revolution (Volume 3); The Guillotine

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This is the history that introduced English-speaking people to the full meaning and tragedy of the French Revolution. Carlyle's scrupulous attention to facts and details, combined with his eloquent and poetic style, is populated by vivid characterizations of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, Mirabeau, Danton, Robespierre, Lafayette, Marat, and others.

Examines the events of the French Revolution and its aftermath in France, as well ...

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The French Revolution (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

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Overview

This is the history that introduced English-speaking people to the full meaning and tragedy of the French Revolution. Carlyle's scrupulous attention to facts and details, combined with his eloquent and poetic style, is populated by vivid characterizations of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, Mirabeau, Danton, Robespierre, Lafayette, Marat, and others.

Examines the events of the French Revolution and its aftermath in France, as well as its impact on the rest of the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780217083249
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Pages: 146
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.31 (d)

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Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881) was a Scottish essayist, historian, satirist, and political thinker. He became influential for Victorians because his writing reflected Calvinist values but also a loss of faith, which paralleled the community’s changing scientific and political views.
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CHAPTER II. REALISED IDEALS. SuOH a changed France have we; and a changed Louis. Changed, truly; and farther than thou yet seest! To the eye of History many things, in that sick-room of Louis, are now visible, which to the Courtiers there present were invisible. For indeed it is well said, 'in every object there ' is inexhaustible meaning; the eye sees in it what the eye ' brings means of seeing.' To Newton and to Newton's Dog Diamond, what a different pair of Universes; while the painting on the optical retina of both was, most likely, the same! Let the Reader here, in this sick-room of Louis, endeavour to look with the mind too. Time was when men could (so to speak) of a given man, by nourishing and decorating him with fit appliances, to the due pitch, make themselves a King, almost as the Bees do; and what was still more to the purpose, loyally obey him when .made. The man so nourished and decorated, thenceforth named royal, does verily bear rule; and is said, and even thought, to be, for example, 'prosecuting conquests in Flanders,' when he lets himself like luggage be carried thither: and no light luggage; covering miles of road. For he has his unblushing Chateauroux, with her bandboxes and rouge-pots, at his side; so that, at every new station, a wooden gallery must be run up between their lodgings. He has not only his Maison-Bouche, and Valetaille without end, but his very Troop of Players, with their pasteboard 1744-74. coulisses, thunder-barrels, their kettles, fiddles, stage-wardrobes, portable larders (and chaffering and quarrelling enough); all mounted in wagons, tumbrils, second-hand chaises, sufficient not to conquer Flanders, but the patience of the world. Withsuch a flood of loud jingling appurtenances does he lumber along, prosecuting his conquests...
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