January–November 1793

Siân Reynolds

in Marriage and Revolution

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199560424
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741814 | DOI:
January–November 1793

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This chapter examines the love affair responsible for the breakdown of the Roland marriage. In late 1792, Marie-Jeanne Roland falls in love with a Girondin deputy and he with her. His identity is known only to a handful of intimates during the principals’ lifetime, and remains secret until the discovery of letters in the nineteenth century: François-Nicolas-Léonard Buzot, six years her junior. The affair is never consummated, but Mme Roland confesses to her husband. Fallout from the attachment on both Roland and old friends is discussed. Mme Roland plans to return to the Beaujolais with her daughter in May.

Keywords: Buzot; love affair; confession; Beaujolais; Marie-Jeanne Roland

Chapter.  2539 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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