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Glory and terror : seven deaths under the French Revolution /
by Antoine de Baecque ; translated by Charlotte Mandell.
imprint
New York : Routledge, 2001.
description
243 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0415926165 (hardbound)
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imprint
New York : Routledge, 2001.
isbn
0415926165 (hardbound)
catalogue key
4530295
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2001-05-15:
This is an engrossing and highly original work by an acclaimed young scholar and biographer (coauthor of Truffaut). A professor of history at the University of Saint Quentin in Yvelynes, France, de Baecque brings to this study a keen understanding of the "theatre" of revolution. His thesis is that at key points in the French Revolution, the deaths or burials of several leading personalities were celebrated, commemorated, or treated in such a way as to lend meaning and symbolism to the prevailing mindset and temper of the Revolution at that time. Hence, the death of Mirabeau in 1791 seemed to symbolize the death of the first (moderate) stage of the Revolution. Similarly, the elaborate 1791 ceremonies surrounding the transfer of Voltaire's remains to Paris could be viewed as a sign of the "collective regeneration of the French people." De Baecque also aims to have readers comprehend the symbolism behind the vicious and barbaric assaults on the corpse of the Princess de Lambelle, or the treatment accorded the body of the dead King Louis XVI. Remaining "corpses" discussed include Geffroy, Robespierre, and Madame Necker. De Baecque also recounts the varying ways in which those of differing political persuasions came to remember and memorialize these deaths over time. A fascinating work for serious students of the French Revolution; recommended for academic libraries. Marie Marmo Mullaney, Caldwell Coll., NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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This gruesome essay illustrates seven instances over the course of the French Revolution where a corpse becomes a highly charged political symbol. The cases include the death of Mirabeau, the transportation of Voltaire's body to the Pantheon, Princess de Lamballe's murder, Louis XVI's execution, & the prolonged agony of Robespierre. De Baecque provides an unsparing & lurid new look into the forces propelling the Revolution. (American readers will know DeBaecque's Truffaut biography published by Knopf in 1999.) Advertising. Major review attention.
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Fully engaging our fascination with the macabre, Glory and Terror illustrates how certain corpses became highly charged political symbols during the course of the French Revolution. Arguing that the key moments of the Revolution were "dialogues with the dead," this fascinating study effectively evokes the passions inflamed by seven famous corpses. The author takes a look at the very public death of the great orator and libertine, Mirabeau; vividly describes the pageantry of the procession carrying Voltaire's body to the Pantheon; and investigates the sexually-charged myths surrounding the murder of Marie Antoinette's intimate friend, the Princess de Lamballe. He brilliantly recreates the tense and awe-inspiring spectacle of Louis XVI's execution, and examines the agonizing final hours of the defeated and disfigured Robespierre In Glory and Terror , Antoine de Baecque, a brilliant young scholar and writer with a growing international reputation, focuses his considerable talents on dissecting the passions propelling the Revolution, which are captured by his virtuoistic and visceral descriptions. With each episode, he demonstrates how the body became a powerful icon that helped to push the Revolution into each successive phase. Anyone who enjoys dazzling cultural history in the vein of Robert Darnton, Carlo Ginzburg and Anthony Grafton will revel in Glory and Terror .
Bowker Data Service Summary
Glory and Terror is a vivid and often gory history of the darker side of the French Revolution. Examining executions, funerals, processions and ceremonies, it brings the horrific events of the time to life.
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Fully engaging our fascination with the macabre, Glory and Terror illustrates how certain corpses became highly charged political symbols during the course of the French Revolution. Arguing that the key moments of the Revolution were "dialogues with the dead," this fascinating study effectively evokes the passions inflamed by seven famous corpses. The author takes a look at the very public death of the great orator and libertine, Mirabeau; vividly describes the pageantry of the procession carrying Voltaire's body to the Pantheon; and investigates the sexually-charged myths surrounding the murder of Marie Antoinette's intimate friend, the Princess de Lamballe. He brilliantly recreates the tense and awe-inspiring spectacle of Louis XVI's execution, and examines the agonizing final hours of the defeated and disfigured Robespierre InGlory and Terror, Antoine de Baecque, a brilliant young scholar and writer with a growing international reputation, focuses his considerable talents on dissectingthe passions propelling the Revolution, which are captured by his virtuoistic and visceral descriptions. With each episode, he demonstrates how the body became a powerful icon that helped to push the Revolution into each successive phase. Anyone who enjoys dazzling cultural history in the vein of Robert Darnton, Carlo Ginzburg and Anthony Grafton will revel inGlory andTerror.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Sublime Abjection
The Ascendancy of Corpses Mirabeau
Or, The Spectacle of a Public Corpse Voltaire
Or, The Body of the Philosopher King Louis XVI
Or, The Sacred Remains Geffory
Or, The Fear of Others Robespierre
Or, The Terrible Tableau Madame Necker
Or, The Poetry of the Corpse Author's
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
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