31 May 1793

Siân Reynolds

in Marriage and Revolution

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199560424
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741814 | DOI:
31 May 1793

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The Rolands are among the few casualties of the unsuccessful journee of 31 May. With increasing conflict in the Convention, and growing Parisian militancy, calls are made for the proscription of the Girondin deputies. The 31 May events are coordinated by relative outsiders: a hostile crowd surrounds the Convention, but disperses. An arrest warrant from the ‘revolutionary committee’ is delivered to Roland. He refuses to recognise it and his wife embarks on a doomed mission to petition the Convention. In confused circumstances, Roland escapes while his wife returns home. In the early hours, she is arrested herself and taken to the Abbaye prison – imagining that this is a mistake and that she will be released shortly.

Keywords: proscription; Girondins; journée; 31 May; revolutionary committee; arrest; Convention; escape; Abbaye

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Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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