The comte de Mirabeau and the works of John Milton and Catharine Macaulay

Rachel Hammersley

in The English Republican tradition and eighteenth-century France

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780719079320
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702345 | DOI:
The comte de Mirabeau and the works of John Milton and Catharine Macaulay

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The case of the comte de Mirabeau is typical of the more general picture of the influence of British models and ideas during the French Revolution. Mirabeau's attempt to impose a British-style constitutional monarchy in France, and to introduce other British practices, may not have been well received by his compatriots, but the intention itself was still significant. Moreover, he also drew a parallel between the events of 1640–60 and those of 1789, and oversaw the translation of several English republican works into French, drawing on the works of Milton and Macaulay to support his claims. It would seem that contrary to Fryer's assertion, British political and constitutional ideas played a fundamental role in shaping Mirabeau's revolutionary politics.

Keywords: French Revolution; constitutional monarchy; Britain; republican works; Mirabeau; revolutionary politics

Chapter.  5244 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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