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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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June–October 1793

June–October 1793

A la vie et à la mort ’1

Prison and Flight

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(p.270) 27 June–October 1793
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Marriage and Revolution
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Siân Reynolds

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560424.003.0029

The forced proscription of the Girondin deputies, 2 June, drastically changes the situation. With provincial risings against the Convention, virtual civil war breaks out. Roland remains in hiding, Mme Roland in prison, and their doomed fortunes over the summer are described. The couple's sympathies are officially assumed for the Lyon and Normandy uprisings. Mme Roland's prison letters and memoirs are discussed, as is the role of the couple's allies and visitors. Mme Roland's incarceration at Saint Pélagie, after a false liberation, is described, as is her emotional estrangement from her husband, while defending his record. Summoned as a witness to the Girondins’ trial, she is not called, learns in prison of their execution on 31 October, and is taken to the Conciergerie herself the same day.

Keywords:   Girondins, proscription, hiding, Sainte Pélagie, uprising, memoirs, execution, Conciergerie

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