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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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November 1793

November 1793

The Tribunal and the Dagger

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(p.282) 28 November 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/9780199560424.003.0030

Mme Roland's last days are described: romanticism has coloured accounts, but her composure and self-control are not in doubt. Her interrogations are described: letters found on a Girondin correspondent, after Charlotte Corday's assassination of Marat are used as evidence. She is condemned to death by the Revolutionary Tribunal and her journey to the guillotine is reported in the words of eye-witness Sophie Grandchamp. The circumstances of Jean-Marie Roland's solitary and less well-known death are described in this chapter from contemporary records: leaving his hiding place, he kills himself after hearing of his wife's trial.

Keywords:   trial, letters, Marat, Corday, guillotine, death, Sophie Grandchamp, suicide

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