Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Reading Recs: Nine Books Set During the French Revolution

Everyone knows I am deeply interested in the French Revolution, so here are my nine favourite books set during that tumultuous period.

Travel between London and Paris in Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities.

Meet Robespierre in Becker's compelling biographical novel Maximilien. (I think this one is only available in French, however.)

Meet Claire, an ordinary woman caught up in extraordinary events in Piercy's City of Darkness, City of Light.

Follow the events of the revolution through the actions of Danton, Desmoulins and Robespierre in Mantel's A Place of Greater Safety.

Or meet Camille Desmoulins again in Tanith Lee's The Gods are Thirsty.

The vampire Saint Germain must navigate the perils of the revolution in Yarbro's Commedia della Morte.

Meanwhile, daring rescues are afoot in The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Daphne Du Maurier's The Glass-Blowers shows a family's fight for survival.

And finally see Victor Hugo's take on the counter-revolutionary revolts in the Vendée in the year 1793 in Quatre-Vingt-Treize.

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