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Writing the RevolutionA French Woman's History in Letters$
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Lindsay A. H. Parker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199931026

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931026.001.0001

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Adopting the Terror

Adopting the Terror

(p.89) 5Adopting the Terror
Writing the Revolution

Lindsay A. H. Parker

Oxford University Press

Chapter 5 follows Rosalie’s evolving political ideology into the Reign of Terror, which she came to support. It begins in early 1793, when widespread fear of conspiracy, the dangers of war, and the ongoing rivalry between Girondins and Montagnards in the National Convention formed a tense environment in Paris. Rosalie became friends with Maximillien Robespierre, who arranged for Jules to become a special agent for the Committee of Public Safety. Rosalie’s pride in her son’s growing political career as well as her affection for her Jacobin friends led her to embrace the Terror. She also developed a dramatically feminist position on women’s roles in public.

Keywords:   Reign of Terror, Robespierre, Committee of Public Safety, Gironde, Feminism

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