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Mémoires de Madame Roland

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On 1 June 1973 Madame Roland was arrested for her involvement in French Revolution and on 8 November she went to the guillotine. This text concerns her upbringing in a Parisian bourgeois family and her marriage to the bureaucrat Jean-Marie Roland de la Platiere. It discusses the period when she and her husband were leaders of the Girondin party.
Paperback, Le Temps Retrouvé, 642 pages
Published by Mercure de France (first published January 1st 1976)
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Sherwood Smith
This is a very hard book to read, when one is aware at all times that it was written by a living, breathing woman who knew she was going to be guillotined . . . and for what? For proving that a woman was as competent at the governmental level as a man. She and Olympe de Gouges terrified the revolutionaries, which in turn helped bring on Napoleon. I always cry when I get to the part where she addresses her little daughter.

While it doesn't have the intellectual rigor of Boethius (who also wrote f
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