The Giant of the French Revolution: Danton, a Life

The Giant of the French Revolution: Danton, a Life

by David Lawday

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The Giant of the French Revolution: Danton, a Life by David Lawday


One of the Western world’s most epic uprisings, the French Revolution ended a monarchy that had ruled for almost a thousand years. George-Jacques Danton was the driving force behind it. In the first biography of Danton in over forty years, David Lawday reveals the larger-than-life figure who joined the fray at the storming of the Bastille in 1789 and was dead five years later.
To hear Danton speak, his booming voice a roll of thunder, excited bourgeois reformers and the street alike; his impassioned speeches, often hours long, drove the sans culottes to action and kept the Revolution alive. But as the newly appointed Minister of Justice, Danton struggled to steer the increasingly divided Revolutionary government. Working tirelessly to halt the bloodshed of Robespierre’s Terror, he ultimately became another of its victims. True to form, Danton did not go easily to the guillotine; at his trial, he defended himself with such vehemence that the tribunal convicted him before he could rally the crowd in his favor.
In vivid, almost novelistic prose, Lawday leads us from Danton’s humble roots to the streets of Revolutionary Paris, where this political legend acted on the stage of the revolution that altered Western civilization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802119339
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 07/06/2010
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Educated at Oxford, David Lawday is a writer and journalist who spent twenty years as a correspondent for The Economist. The author of Napoleon’s Master: A Life of Prince Talleyrand, he now lives in Paris with his French wife.

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