[identity profile] camille-love.livejournal.com
So, I was not very much looking forward to reading this essay for my seminar today, but then I saw the first line and was hooked, obviously :)



...the rest of the essay has nothing to do with Saint-Just (or the French Revolution), sadly. Boo.
[identity profile] camille-love.livejournal.com
...so, in lieu of reading for my exams (what's WRONG with me?!), I've been trying to clear my head by skimming through a historical novel published about a year ago, simply titled Revolution, by Jennifer Donnelly. First of all, it's technically for "young adults" (the protagonist is a high school senior). Second of all, its perspective on the Revolution is (surprise) very naive and, well, high school. I started reading it last night and I'm almost done now. But, for all its flaws and blatant royalist sympathies, I can't deny that part of me kind of enjoys it. It's kind of like, The Da Vinci Code only with the French Revolution. So, even while I'm groaning over the history and politics, I can't stop reading because it's a page-turner and I'm hooked on the silly plot! Below is the description from Amazon.com:

BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.
 
PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.
 
Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.


If you have some time to waste (not likely, given that you all seem like intelligent, productive people) and are in the mood for some very lightweight, very not-to-be-taken-seriously fiction, then go for it.

EDIT:  Please forget that I ever suggested reading this book (unless you're reading it in order to write a vehement, public rebuttal of its contents).
[identity profile] amie-de-rimbaud.livejournal.com
Salut!

This is silly, but I wanted to introduce you all to the little kitten I adopted two weeks ago, Lucile Desmoulins (the second)! She's very sweet and affectionate, playful and a bit rowdy, and does her namesake proud, I think :)

 
[identity profile] la-muse-venale6.livejournal.com
I was searching music and found this. I thought it would interest you! Perhaps someone here already knows this band! :)

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x96s00_les-portes-manteaux-ah-ca-ira_music
[identity profile] acolnahuacatl.livejournal.com
ALL OTHER ISSUES ABOUT THIS BOOK ASIDE, I have made an important observation about Marat's presence in A Place of Greater Safty, citizens.

Let me share it with you )
[identity profile] maelicia.livejournal.com
So I'm a bit late for preparing and posting the quotes of the month's challenge, because RL is an organisation mess right now with a trip to England to plan, yadda yadda, so meanwhile, have some nice pics.

Found these, as I was watching one part of the horrid American docu of the History Channel:





Spot the hands. Tricoteuses Can Has Les Yay? Actually, granted, the one in pink in the first doesn't look that happy... nor a tricoteuse. It might have something to do with that. I'd like to hear the backstory of that image.

So we know what is the first, but I wish I knew what was the art of the second, coz it looks great. :(


Note on the vid I took these from: Seriously, that silly historian is reducing the crowd of women who marched to Versailles as "fishladies" who were "hugely muscular". Hello buying into propaganda stereotypes. Btw, if you watch (it's at 6:45), note the two on a cannon, I love those.

Plus the loser after that with his ultra-simplification "most of them probably couldn't even write their names" and "it's quite extraordinary that these ordinary women suddenly acted as the protagonists of this historical process" -- well, duh. He needs to do some reading on the role of women in revolts. Also: literacy had progressed. They probably could write their names. That might have been the only thing they could write, but that was a start!
[identity profile] maelicia.livejournal.com
So I was googling some facts on Merlin de Thionville (i.e. his first names), when I came across this site and the pretty little picture in the middle of it:



...I cracked up.

I don't know why it's so amusing, if it's the Heroic Soldier Pose Epic Fail, or if it's the text saying (in French) "the statue of a proud soldier", and you can see how PROUD he REALLY wants to show he IS with his arms up there like that, but... yeah. To prove further my point:

Here is the very large photo of the statue, which I presume is in Thionville...? )
[identity profile] maelicia.livejournal.com
Sooo before the Month of the CSP is over, I intend of making a series of posts on the CSP, based on stuff I already posted in my journal on ~~Random Facts Collected on the Committee of Public Safety~~. Because I think it could be shared to make it ~a pretty, fun and educative series~!

Now, before I find some time to actually fix these posts, have two macros -- same pic, different text -- from Saint-Just's POV in La Terreur et la vertu because it seems to have gone unnoticed on my LJ a little while ago and it deserves comments okay coz it's brillant rly:






In case you're unfamiliar with the actors of LTELV, from left to right: Billaud, Collot (mostly hidden by Billaud), Lindet, Carnot, Saint-Just.


Doesn't this make the Thermidor crisis more cheerful? It's not like, you know, he's going to die two days later and they're going to cover his decapitated body with quicklime? Lol?
[identity profile] la-muse-venale6.livejournal.com

Perhaps you don't understand it very well 'cause it's in Spanish, but I suppose you can hear well the main concepts xD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4okQnuO17kA

Just wonderful, enjoy ;)
[identity profile] lacommunarde.livejournal.com
I was browsing the internet today and found a Mac dashboard widget of the French Republican Calender and Clock, using the 4/128 conversion. As I don't have a Mac, I couldn't check if the download actually works and isn't buggy, but I figured I'd post it here if anyone should want the Republican calander time and date on their desktop: http://mac.wareseeker.com/Dashboard-Widgets/republican-calendar-1.4.zip/314644
[identity profile] momesdelacloche.livejournal.com
Hi guys,

A few weeks ago I was very ill with swine flu or something, and while I was in bed, aside from re-read Treasure Island, I also learned how to use Windows Movie Maker.
Here are the results:

i) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8ZTkV4a8cg
ii) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdWYxESylDY

I was inspired by the great men and women who shaped France's history in the closing decades of the 18th century, and by the great artists Britney Spears and Lionel Richie who continue to shape our world today.
Please watch !!! (but please don't be offended for anything you may see or hear when clicking on the above links)
[identity profile] trf-chan.livejournal.com
The New Jacobin Elite.

Barack Obama: A latter-day Camille Desmoulins? Discuss.

Also discuss if the author stopped to employ earth logic at any point while writing this.
[identity profile] amie-de-rimbaud.livejournal.com

There have been quite a few discussions about the various film interpretations of the Revolution--the good, the bad, and the ugly--but here’s a new twist on things:  if you were going to make a movie about our fabulous revolutionary guys (and girls)....who would you cast to play your favorite?

It’s driving me crazy that I can’t think of a good actor to play Camille--as far as physical features are concerned anyway. None of my favorite actors resemble him in the least. He’s attractive to me, but that’s because of, well, all those aspects of him--his character--that are deeper than appearance. “He had a bilious complexion, like Robespierre’s, a hard and sinister eye, more like that of the osprey than that of the eagle,” according to one contemporary. Ouch! (Royalist propaganda, I say). I don’t think he’s *that* unfortunate-looking in his portraits, even if he’s not *handsome* in the conventional sense.

But then, his “ugliness” was supposedly a kind of “intellectual ugliness that pleases.” I think he’s really just *awkward*--in terms of his face (and sometimes in his behavior, too). However, it was the kind of “awkwardness that pleases” (hehe). So, after thinking hard about it, I think a good actor to play Camille in a movie would be...

...and the Oscar goes to... )

[identity profile] amie-de-rimbaud.livejournal.com
 Ok, following victoriavandal's post on the uncanny resemblance of her hair towel packaging to Marat à la David, I just had to share my recent experience with Trader Joe's (an American food store chain) cookies. Well, this market has delicious snack foods, and my favorite has always been their sugar cookies. To make a long story short, I took a good look at the plastic box yesterday and realized that they're called windmills--um, because they're shaped like windmills. Of course, my crazy mind is crying out MOULINS! DESMOULINS! And now they taste even better, because I'm thinking of you-know-who when I bite into them:) Mmm.

Ok, that's all the silliness I can muster for now.

P.S.--I'm sorry I don't have a visual, because--I ate them all! :D
[identity profile] amie-de-rimbaud.livejournal.com
I almost forgot about this jewelry store that I found while in France...called "Camille Lucie"! I stumbled across it down in Pau--in the wee hours of the morning, while I was half-asleep--and it just threw me for a moment. I thought that someone had named their store after...well, you know! Of course, I took a picture, but then later came to my senses and realized that it was probably just my over-active imagination and not an intentional allusion by the storeowners. Later, I checked out the website, but there wasn't any information about the origin of the store's name (http://www.camille-lucie.com/ang/index.html).



Ok, I know that "Camille" and "Lucie" are common French names and can refer to either masculine or feminine subjects. It was just lovely to see the names together on a sign and to think that another French Revolution aficionado had put them there. And don't you think that it would be a nice concept for a jewelry store? It's romantic enough (tragic, too, but still). Anyway, I was just going through my photos, saw this one, remembered why I took it, and knew that only a select few could appreciate my...knack for associating random things with my favorite Revolutionary couple?:)
[identity profile] lacommunarde.livejournal.com
Hi! First post. I just wanted to show something I found. Don't know if anyone's seen it.

http://twitter.com/amidupeuple

Somebody's apparently twittering as Marat. It's actually pretty funny and seems to be done in good humor.

Some examples include:
"@gironde - if you want, YES, I WILL send you the math regarding the heads necessary."

"An insurrection is like a suprise practical exam for revolutionaries. One that's graded pass/fail. Just a thought..."

"Down with tyranny! Republic FTW!"

"The Mountain is full of drama llamas. This is why nothing gets done here!"

and my personal favorite:

"Paper got banned again. Going into hiding. Have no fear, my loyal readers - I WILL continue to tweet. Down with the Girondins!"

Just thought everyone might find it interesting. I recommend starting at the beginning, as the person doing it sometimes goes on multi-post story arcs, one including a laser-guillotine.
[identity profile] victoriavandal.livejournal.com
http://jas-townsend.com/index.php?cPath=46&osCsid=905b9b3f02700cf45e68b7520e5b860a
Hmm, if I took them to my opticians to have lenses fitted they'd just laugh...Dunno if you know of the Jas Townsend site, but they do repro stuff for American War of Independence and other 18th/early 19thc re-enactors: it's interesting just looking through their site, though, at the writing accessories, cooking stuff etc. Some re-enactors try to live the whole 18thc lifestyle. I've also come across Europe-based Revolutionary/Napoleonic war re-enactors' sites that give you the sort of detail of, say, the full contents of a soldier's backpack, that you don't find in regular history books. I love enormous hats, btw, which is how I've come across these things...

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