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The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
by Tom Reiss
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By the author of the internationally bestselling biography The Orientalist, The Black Count brings to life one of history’s great forgotten heroes: a man almost unknown today yet with a personal story that is strikingly familiar.  His... (read more)

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The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
by Tom Reiss
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The Black Count is the story of Alex Dumas, the father of Alexandre Dumas and inspiration for some of the best adventure fiction ever written. Alex Dumas's life is stranger than fiction in a time when hope for the common man, equality, and emancipation... (read more)

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Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution
Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution
by Simon Schama
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Instead of the dying Old Regime, Schama presents an ebullient country, vital and inventive, infatuated with novelty and technology--a strikingly fresh view of Louis XVI's France. A New York Times bestseller in hardcover. 200 illustrations.... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #54: The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #54: The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction
by William Doyle
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Includes bibliographical references (119-123) and index.... (read more)

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How to Ruin a Queen: Marie Antoinette and the Diamond Necklace Affair
How to Ruin a Queen: Marie Antoinette and the Diamond Necklace Affair
by Jonathan Beckman
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A tale of greed, lust, deceit, theft on an extraordinary scale, charlatanry, kidnapping, assassination and escape from prison.... (read more)

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The French Revolution and Human Rights: A Brief Documentary History (Bedford Series in History & Culture)
The French Revolution and Human Rights: A Brief Documentary History (Bedford Series in History & Culture)
by Lynn Averywhis Hunt
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This brief documentary history includes 38 documents that explore the issue of rights and citizenship in Revolutionary France and the movement that helped define modern notions of civil rights.... (read more)

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The French Revolution: A History (Modern Library Classics)
The French Revolution: A History (Modern Library Classics)
by Thomas Carlyle
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“No novelist has made his creations live for us more thoroughly than Carlyle has made the men of the French Revolution.” —George... (read more)

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Short History of the French Revolution, 1789-1799
Short History of the French Revolution, 1789-1799
by Albert Soboul
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Albert Soboul has held the Chair of the History of the French Revolution at the Sorbone since 1967, and is probably the leading Marxist scholar working in that field today. The book translated here should be regarded more as a synopsis of Professor... (read more)

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Reflections on the Revolution in France
Reflections on the Revolution in France
by Edmund Burke
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‘To make a revolution is to subvert the ancient state of our country; and no common reasons are called for to justify so violent a proceeding’ Burke’s seminal work was written during the early months of the French Revolution, and it... (read more)

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Revolutionary Ideas: An Intellectual History of the French Revolution from the Rights of Man to Robespierre
Revolutionary Ideas: An Intellectual History of the French Revolution from the Rights of Man to Robespierre
by Jonathan Israel
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"Combining erudition and verve, Revolutionary Ideas is an exciting, bold, valuable, and courageous book that should have a wide readership. A veritable tour de force, it fundamentally reconceptualizes the French Revolution. Arguing that ideas caused the... (read more)

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Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette
by Antonia Fraser
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chapter one A Small Archduchess "Her Majesty has been very happily delivered of a small, but completely healthy Archduchess." Count Khevenhuller, Court Chamberlain, 1755 On 2 November 1755 the Queen-Empress was in labour all day with her... (read more)

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Goodness Beyond Virtue: Jacobins During the French Revolution
Goodness Beyond Virtue: Jacobins During the French Revolution
by Patrice L Higonnet
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Who were the Jacobins and what are Jacobinism's implications for today? In a book based on national and local studies--on Marseilles, Nîmes, Lyons, and Paris--one of the leading scholars of the Revolution reconceptualizes Jacobin politics and... (read more)

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Regicide & Revolution: Speeches at the Trial of Louis XVI
Regicide & Revolution: Speeches at the Trial of Louis XVI
by Michael Walzer
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Maintaining that the trial and public execution of Louis XVI was an absolutely essential part of the French Revolution, Walzer discusses two types of regicide: the first, committed by would-be kings or their agents, left the monarchy's mystique and... (read more)

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Robespierre (13 Edition)
Robespierre (13 Edition)
by Peter Mcphee
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‘This book is a triumph: an important, open-minded and often moving account of Robespierre, that will stand as a very worthy successor to the previous great biographies. Peter McPhees lifetime of research on the French Revolution draws out the... (read more)

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The Affair of the Poisons: Murder, Infanticide, and Satanism at the Court of Louis XIV
The Affair of the Poisons: Murder, Infanticide, and Satanism at the Court of Louis XIV
by Anne Somerset
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The Affair of the Poisons, as it became known, was an extraordinary episode that took place in France during the reign of Louis XIV. When poisoning and black magic became widespread, arrests followed. Suspects included those among the highest ranks of... (read more)

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The French Revolution (American History Series)
The French Revolution (American History Series)
by Owen Connelly
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The Bastille, symbol of injustice and monarchial tyranny, surrendering to the Parisian throng; the hungry women of Paris, demanding bread from their king; the guillotine, revolutionary death machine, dispatching human lives amid the grotesquely gala... (read more)

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The Coming of the French Revolution: With a New Preface by R.R. Palmer (Princeton Paperbacks)
The Coming of the French Revolution: With a New Preface by R.R. Palmer (Princeton Paperbacks)
by Georges Lefebvre
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Much more than a history of 1789. . . . A synthesis, conveying a philosophy of the Revolution as a whole, such as could be written only by a seasoned scholar. . . . The smooth, careful translation preserves the literary merit of the French prose.... (read more)

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Liberty: The Lives and Times of Six Women in Revolutionary France (P.S.)
Liberty: The Lives and Times of Six Women in Revolutionary France (P.S.)
by Lucy Moore
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The ideals of the French Revolution inflamed a longing for liberty and equality within courageous, freethinking women of the era—women who played vital roles in the momentous events that reshaped their nation and the world. In Liberty, Lucy... (read more)

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Robespierre: A Revolutionary Life
Robespierre: A Revolutionary Life
by Peter Mcphee
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For some historians and biographers, Maximilien Robespierre (1758-94) was a great revolutionary martyr who succeeded in leading the French Republic to safety in the face of overwhelming military odds. For many others, he was the first modern dictator, a... (read more)

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Robespierre (Profiles in Power)
Robespierre (Profiles in Power)
by John Hardman
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Get under the surface of the most powerful and feared leader of the French Revolution <UL><LI> Offers brilliantly original analysis. </LI> <LI> Explains how Robespieree came by his extraordinary power. </LI> <LI>... (read more)

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