‘This Astonishing Lady’:

Siân Reynolds

in Marriage and Revolution

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199560424
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741814 | DOI:
‘This Astonishing Lady’:

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This chapter considers Marie-Jeanne Roland's role alongside her husband. To what extent did she help compose his reports to the Convention, field paperwork, and influence appointments? The evidence points to the agreement of the couple on policy, and her role as right-hand woman. Secondly it explores hospitality: the Rolands hosted regular dinners once or twice a week, and the anachronistic ‘salon’ is discussed again in this context. Examination of the political and social context compares these with other examples of sociability of the time, and argues for the importance of patronage by her husband, other ministers and leading politicans as an element in entertaining. The chapter also considers Mme Roland's only appearance in public. (the Viard case).

Keywords: salon; hospitality; politicians; appointments; Mme Roland; patronage; Viard

Chapter.  7378 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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