November 1793

Siân Reynolds

in Marriage and Revolution

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

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Mme Roland's last days are described: romanticism has coloured accounts, but her composure and self-control are not in doubt. Her interrogations are described: letters found on a Girondin correspondent, after Charlotte Corday's assassination of Marat are used as evidence. She is condemned to death by the Revolutionary Tribunal and her journey to the guillotine is reported in the words of eye-witness Sophie Grandchamp. The circumstances of Jean-Marie Roland's solitary and less well-known death are described in this chapter from contemporary records: leaving his hiding place, he kills himself after hearing of his wife's trial.

Keywords: trial; letters; Marat; Corday; guillotine; death; Sophie Grandchamp; suicide

Chapter.  3783 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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