June–October 1793

Siân Reynolds

in Marriage and Revolution

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

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The forced proscription of the Girondin deputies, 2 June, drastically changes the situation. With provincial risings against the Convention, virtual civil war breaks out. Roland remains in hiding, Mme Roland in prison, and their doomed fortunes over the summer are described. The couple's sympathies are officially assumed for the Lyon and Normandy uprisings. Mme Roland's prison letters and memoirs are discussed, as is the role of the couple's allies and visitors. Mme Roland's incarceration at Saint Pélagie, after a false liberation, is described, as is her emotional estrangement from her husband, while defending his record. Summoned as a witness to the Girondins’ trial, she is not called, learns in prison of their execution on 31 October, and is taken to the Conciergerie herself the same day.

Keywords: Girondins; proscription; hiding; Sainte Pélagie; uprising; memoirs; execution; Conciergerie

Chapter.  6668 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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