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Marriage and RevolutionMonsieur and Madame Roland$
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Siân Reynolds

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560424

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560424.001.0001

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Summer 1792:

Summer 1792:

Minister of the King

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Marriage and Revolution

Siân Reynolds

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the large remit and structure of the Interior ministry, and also discusses Roland's competence. The ‘experiment in cabinet government’ is described, along with its domination by Dumouriez and relations with the king. Ministers dine together regularly: Mme Roland ‘s role as assistant to her husband and political hostess is examined. Robespierre is wary of the ministry: he maintains contact with Mme Roland, but when, under pressure from Dumouriez and Brissot, war is declared, Robespierre becomes an opponent, responding no further to her approaches. The war goes badly for the French armies at first.

Keywords:   Robespierre, Brissot, Dumouriez, political hostess, Interior ministry, war

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