Liberty

Liberty : The Lives and Times of Six Women in Revolutionary France

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The ideals of the French Revolution inflamed a longing for liberty and equality within courageous, freethinking women of the era--women who played vital roles in the momentous events that reshaped their nation and the world. In Liberty, Lucy Moore paints a vivid portrait of six extraordinary Frenchwomen from vastly different social and economic backgrounds who helped stoke the fervor and idealism of those years, and who risked everything to make their mark on history.

Germaine de Stael was a wealthy, passionate Parisian intellectual--as consumed by love affairs as she was by politics--who helped write the 1791 Constitution. Theroigne de Mericourt was an unhappy courtesan who fell in love with revolutionary ideals. Exuberant, decadent Theresia Tallien was a ruthless manipulator instrumental in engineering Robespierre's downfall. Their stories and others provide a fascinating new perspective on one of history's most turbulent epochs.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 25.4mm | 430.91g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Maps; Illustrations, color; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060825278
  • 9780060825270
  • 645,888

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"Fascinating. an absorbing portrait.She successfully contextualizes each of her subjects within a cultural framework-no small feat." -- Kirkus Reviews
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Lucy Moore has written a very enjoyable book that not only illuminates the French Revolution through the lives of six extraordinary women, but does so in a very readable fashion. This was one biography I couldn't put down.show more
by Ariel Armarego-Marriott
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