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Marriage and Revolution

Siân Reynolds

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199560424
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741814 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560424.001.0001
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This is a double biography of Jean-Marie Roland (1734–1793) and Marie-Jeanne Phlipon, later Madame Roland (1754–1793), leading figures in the French Revolution. J.‐M. Roland was minister of the Interior for a total of eight months during 1792. The couple were close to Brissot and the Girondins, and both died during the Terror. Mme Roland became famous for her posthumous prison memoirs, and is the subject of many biographies, but her husband, despite being a key figure in administration of France, seldom out of the limelight during his time in office, is often marginalized in histories of the Revolution, This book examines the Roland marriage from its beginnings in an ancien regime mésalliance, opposed by both families, through its close cooperation in the 1780s, to its final phase as a political partnership during the Revolution. Both Roland’s actions as minister and Mme Roland’s role as a woman close to power were praised and blamed at the time, and the controversies have persisted. Based on manuscript sources including unpublished letters, this study sets out to examine an unusual companionate marriage over the long term: its intimacy, parenthood, everyday life in the provinces, friendships, academic cooperation, political enthusiasms and quarrels, and finally its dramatic ending during the Revolution.

Keywords: marriage; French Revolution; Jean-Marie Roland; Madame Roland; Marie-Jeanne Phlipon; Brissot; Girondins; prison memoirs

Book.  352 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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Introduction in Marriage and Revolution

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The Bride's Story (1) in Marriage and Revolution

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The Bride's Story (2) in Marriage and Revolution

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The Groom's Story (2) in Marriage and Revolution

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Who to Marry? Suitors and Fiancées in Marriage and Revolution

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Bonjour Loup! Living Together in Marriage and Revolution

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Educating Eudora in Marriage and Revolution

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Essays and Academies in Marriage and Revolution

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