Marriage and revolution : Monsieur and Madame Roland

Marriage-revolution091REYNOLDS Siân

Marriage and revolution : Monsieur and Madame Roland

Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012, XIV-326 p.

ISBN 978-0-19-956042-4

REV 246

Résumé éditeur :

Marriage and Revolution 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.
Siân Reynolds examines the Roland marriage from its beginnings in an ancien régime 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 Based on manuscript sources including many unpublished letters, Marriage and Revolution sets out to examine an unusually companionate marriage over the long term: its intimacy, parenthood, everyday life in the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. (4e de couv.)

Siân Reynolds is professor emerita of French at the University of Stirling, and former president of the UK Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France. Previous books include Women, State and Revolution : Europe since 1700 (editor, 1986), France between the Wars : Gender and Politics (1996), and Paris-Edinburgh : cultural connections in the Belle Epoque (2007). She was co-editor of The biographical dictionary of Scottish Women, and has translated major works by Fernand Braudel and other French historians.

Axe de recherches :

  • Axe 2 : Arts et Mémoires d’Europe : Identité – Héritage – Intégration – Représentations

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