Siân Reynolds

in Marriage and Revolution

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

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This chapter describes the time when Roland is sent to Paris to grapple with Lyon's crippling municipal debt, incurred through exactions under the ancien regime. He lobbies the Constituent Assembly for a bail-out. Lodging on the Left Bank, the Rolands meet Brissot, and through him several leading radical politicans including Robespierre, Buzot and Pétion. This ‘petit comité’ starts meeting in their hotel rooms to coordinate policy in the Assembly. The identification of this group as ‘Mme Roland's first salon’ is discussed and questioned.

Keywords: Paris; Constituent Assembly; Brissot; Robespierre; Buzot; Pétion; salon; petit comité

Chapter.  5037 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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