[identity profile] estellacat.livejournal.com
I have been extremely negligent in not posting this earlier, but as one of the founding members of the Association pour un musée Robespierre à Arras (AMRA), I'd like to invite you all to sign our petition in favor of turning the house Robespierre lived in from 1787 until his departure for Versailles as deputy to the Estates-General in 1789 into a museum dedicated to teaching the public about Robespierre and the Revolution. (For an idea of what this project could turn out to be, check out Saint-Just's house in Blérancourt.)

You might be wondering about the status of the house and why it is not yet a museum, at least not one devoted to Robespierre and the Revolution. At the bicentennial of the Revolution, the city of Arras acquired the property for that purpose, but it then entrusted its restoration to the "Compagnons du devoir" in exchange for the use of the building for their own museum, dedicated to the history of guild/trade organizations and with only a tiny space devoted to Robespierre's youth in Arras. While the AMRA definitely considers that the Compagnons deserve to have their own museum, there are potentially other spaces that would suit them equally well, while, for obvious reasons, Robespierre's house is really the most appropriate place to have a museum regarding him and his role in the Revolution. You can read more about the history of the house here.

Because it would really be nice to have some kind of permanent space for the education of the public regarding Robespierre and the Revolution in his city of origin, I encourage you all to sign the petition. You don't have to live in France or be a French citizen to sign. Please help us get to our minimum goal of 5,000 signatures.

If you have any questions, I will do my best to answer them.
[identity profile] jonahmama.livejournal.com
Please check out this site: http://ser.hypotheses.org/148 and this facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/etudes.robespierristes. And if you can, please make a donation!

The SER and the French National Archives have 15 days to raise close to a million euros to prevent previously unknown documents by LeBas and Robespierre from being auctioned off to the highest bidder and possibly taken out of the country! These documents belong to the French nation, and should end up in the national archives in Paris, where historians can use them for the invaluable insight they give into the revolution. Please help save Robespierre's legacy!

(if you don't read French, Google Chrome's translation module works great on both sites)
[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! :)

[identity profile] nirejseki.livejournal.com
Hello, all!

I know it's a busy time for a lot of people - I'm currently in the midst of finals myself - but I was hoping that people might be able to take a little time out to help me out.

I also dearly hope that this isn't massively off-topic and is permitted to be posted. It does deal quite heavily with the FR, at least! : )


I'm heading off to France in a few weeks - Paris for a few weeks, then a break-neck tour around some smaller towns (Arras, Blerancourt, Strausborg, you know the drill), then a week or so down in Monaco (which normally I would avoid due to price, but someone very kind has offered to lend me lodging, so I'm going. ^^)

I need advice on where to go and what to do/see - I know a bunch of people here are either francophiles, FR geeks, live in and/or have been to France recently, or a combination of the above. So - help! Anyone have any links to online tour guides (of the French Revolution, Les Miserables, historical geekery, etc. variety)? Suggestions of places to go? Books I should look at? Does anyone have a list of the current locations of the major FR historical sites (Robespierre's house, etc.)? I'm generally interested in historical or fandomish sites, good places to eat, and other stuff to do.

Any advice at all, even the obvious, is extremely welcome! I got nothing, really. ^^

I've sort of left specific planning to the last minute, so, um, help! (Also, if you know any other places on LJ I could post this cry for help to where it wouldn't be obnoxious and would get some useful tips, I'd be grateful!)

(Less related: if you know anything about Switzerland, Germany (Berlin and Munich), Prague or Vienna, it would also be useful - I'm hoping to hit a city on my way out from Paris, and would like advice for those places as well)
[identity profile] coloneldespard.livejournal.com
Apologies if this has already been covered...I had a look and couldn't see it in the past posts. Does anyone have a book or website recommendations for Revolutionary sites still extant in Paris? Buildings, monuments etc? I'm visiting in June and staying at the Palais Royal, so will be geographically pretty close to revolutionary hotspots. My French is spotty but I can muddle by in reading (am learning at our Alliance Francaise centre in Sydney).

Most google searches I've done seem to turn up tours that are heavy on Marie-Antoinette and rather light on the Committee of Public Safety etc.
[identity profile] maelicia.livejournal.com
Hello there, Revolution-lovers. I am living in Paris for the next four months (oh, yes) in the 17e arr., and for now I got the time to partially see the Parc Monceau, and on my way there, the famous Lycée Carnot in front of which Pierre Chaunu needs to spit every time he passes in front of it -- or so he says.

Today, I ventured to discover the Rue Saint-Just of Paris:

Here comes the joke about it -- prepare to laugh: I really love how it's a tiny, ridiculously tiny street almost out of the "walls" of Paris, that there's nothing worth seeing, and not even actual houses, and that it also happens to be connected to the "Avenue du cimetière des Battignoles". Oh, yes, because not only is it a dead-end, but it leads to a cemetary and all the addresses at the street are thus cemetary-related businesses:

No kidding.

Flowers for the dead, undertakers, marble for the tombstones and vaults, burial maintenance. Oh, the joke. Saint-Just appreciates the macabre humour, guys. It's really subtle. Subtler than that, you're called Simon Schama. Someone lol'ed himself to death when he gave him that street. Seriously. I'd like to see the minutes of the council that decided to attribute him that street... At least Robespierre's got a métro station, even if it's technically outside the 'walls' of Paris! Still better a métro station in a communist commune than a macabre intramuros street...

I think I stayed just two minutes on the actual street, because it was really almost, well, like they say la zone. It was really lost, and there were random people staring at me oddly or angrily or wtf-y, probably wondering why I was taking photos of the entrance of the cemetary, of the tiny businesses, and of the street panels, because none of them probably know who poor Saint-Just is.

--And, erm, because it just had to happen, as I was walking back the Avenue de Clichy to get the farthest from there, that's what I found:

Ooooooooooooooh dear. Now that's more of that same humour, isn't it? Oh dear.
[identity profile] maelicia.livejournal.com
"You know how it's difficult to speak objectively of Robespierre and of Saint-Just nowadays, that when they speak of them, it's generally to speak ill of them, and never to remind the good part, [when they posed] the first elements of a social politics.

We brought a monument here to remind everyone who was Saint-Just."

Antoine-Saint-Just.fr reports the inauguration of a bust of Saint-Just in the Mairie (Town Hall) of Blérancourt on 9 May 2009.

You can watch a video of the official inauguration, where they cut a pretty tricolour ribbon for him: http://www.antoine-saint-just.fr/buste090509.wmv (you can download the link).

One of the men in the video says that "Saint-Just is now back in his home", that is the Town Hall, where he began his political career. Gellé and his other enemies from Blérancourt = pwned in the centuries and in the skies.

They placed the bust in the Town Hall next to a great staircase, and facing windows with a view on the places where he walked and lived, like a great place (named Marais), where there were the patriotic manifestations and where he burnt that famous libel.

They placed three quotes on the wall next to the bust so that everybody knows what he said. (They suggest that they may add more.)

"The first is a reference to the optimism of the Enlightenment [...]: Le bonheur est une idée neuve en Europe."

"The second is a reference to a constant aspect of Saint-Just's politics, constantly turned towards the démunis (the poor), among which he was already in Blérancourt [...]: Les malheureux sont les puissances de la terre, ils ont le droit de parler en maîtres à ceux qui les gouvernent.."

"Finally, the third: the Terror. It's impossible to speak of Saint-Just without speaking of the Terror. It's obvious that it's impossible to accept a politics consisting in the physical elimination of political adversaries. Undoubtedly, for us, it's a painful past that refuses to pass. But I am tempted to say that this past refused to pass for Saint-Just himself, since he felt the need to write this beautiful phrase that you could read: La Révolution est glacée. La Terreur a blasé le crime comme les liqueurs fortes blasent le palais."

"So at least, now that this statue is here, it will be able to call out all those who pass next to it."
[identity profile] maelicia.livejournal.com
Well, it's been a while we await it all and it's been three years I say it'll eventually come, and now, this is it: it's being officially predicted... by Dominique de Villepin? Bad news.

Among all the cynical comments to this French article on it, my favourite is the one that says:

Dominique de Villepin has apparently declared that Sarko was doing research on the Web to find the fastest way to go in Hungary, by avoiding Varennes... !!

Oh, oh yes. It's been a while I'm saying that too. >D

P.S. I can't believe I missed that news last week.
[identity profile] cobweb-lace.livejournal.com
I found this in a local Australian newspaper and thought it might be of interest to the community. Original link is here.

March 31, 2009

PARIS - Archaeologists in northern France have stumbled upon two mass graves dating back to the years of civil strife unleashed after the French Revolution of 1789, officials say.

Located in a park in the city of Le Mans, the graves contain the bodies of about 30 people, including several women, two male teenagers and a child, the INRA archaeology institute said on Monday.

All were identified as victims of a massacre on December 12 and 13, 1793, as republican forces repelled royalist Catholic rebels from the city of Le Mans, during the first War of the Vendee.

The first grave contained nine or 10 bodies, some still wearing shirt buttons and boot buckles, or carrying knives, while the second, sealed shut with a thick layer of lime, contained about 20 bodies.

All bore the signs of an extremely violent attack, with broken leg, jaw and shoulder bones, according to INRA.

Between 1793 and 1796, the fervently Catholic Vendee region on France's Atlantic coast was rocked by a drawn-out insurrection aimed at reversing the French Revolution.

At the end of the first uprising, Catholic forces were crushed and repelled from Le Mans on December 12, 1793, and republican forces unleashed bloody reprisals on prisoners and rebels who were left behind.

The graves were discovered during a dig to make way for a new cultural centre.

[identity profile] livviebway.livejournal.com
I finally finished a third album of photos related to the French Revolution. Once again sharing them with the only people I know who appreciate them. ;-)

[identity profile] everworld2662.livejournal.com
Hey all! I know I can't exactly be called an 'active' member of this comm (in my defence, this is genuinely because I am shocked and horrified by my total lack of knowledge in comparison to most of you, and am seeking to rectify this before I come here and make a fool out of myself), but I'm spending a week in Paris right now and I was wondering if any of you could point me in the general direction of Revolution Must Sees in the area (of which I imagine there would be no little quantity!) I'm here with my father, and he very obligingly took me on a rather long trek down Rue St-Honoré today so I could find the building where Robespierre spent the last 3 years of his life. Seeing the little plaque with his name on it made me ridiculously happy; especially as yesterday we had gone around looking at all the Rimbaud (Arthur) sites we could think of without finding a single mention of him.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I would be so grateful if you could mention any Revolutionary things to be seen in Paris. I've seen a little bit, but I'm sure I've barely scratched the surface. I will of course take a ton of photos of anything remotely relevant and probably post them here, if that isn't against the rules, or some such. Thank you all in advance. I love this comm, and even though I never post and never comment, I come lurk a lot, and your shared enthusiasm for this wonderful period in history makes me feel in somewhat less lonely in my obsession. So thanks again. ♥
[identity profile] maelicia.livejournal.com
This website on Saint-Just was updated. There are some very interesting parts:

- An analysis of his portraits (and I think I finally know which one was kept by the Le Bas family...) + one I hadn't seen before (but it's not so pretty).

- The colourful portraits of his parents. I hadn't seen them in colour before, I think, so I'm glad. Hm. I think he has his mother's mouth and the shape of her eyes, somehow... and, the nose of both. ^^;

- A page on Robespierre's 250th -- where [livejournal.com profile] estellacat and I were. And, look, I found myself:

^^; I was very likely playing with my camera if you're wondering what I was doing. ._. /shameless self-pimping.

I don't know if there's anybody in France at the moment, but there is, on November 23rd (yes, that's in three days), the presentation of a play on Thermidor in Arras:

23 novembre 2008: pour les 250 ans de Robespierre, l'ARBR organise à Arras la lecture par la compagnie "A livre ouvert" d'une pièce inédite de Caroline Fregeac "THERMIDOR". Rendez-vous à 16 heures, à l'Office culturel d'Arras.

It's on the page of news where you can also find a quite girl-looking portrait of Saint-Just too, ughh ._.
[identity profile] livviebway.livejournal.com
The second album was close to being done when I posted the first. It'll take me more time to fill up the (inevitable) third album, but in the meantime enjoy these photos featuring Paris, Saint-Denis, Blérancourt, and Bourg-la-Reine!

French Revolution Photos
[identity profile] livviebway.livejournal.com
I'm not sure whether or not anyone is interested in this, but I thought I'd post it just in case. I am currently living in Paris and in my free time, here and there, I go to assorted revolutionary sites and take photos. This includes big stuff like the Conciergerie and little stuff like graves and homes of less than famous people. I've been putting it together into albums, which I figured I'd share with anyone who was interested here. This is the first album, a second one is well underway, but I figure I'd post it when it was full.

French Revolutionary Photos
[identity profile] marieclaire08.livejournal.com
Thanks to all here who helped me pin down the version of the Rights of Man and Citizen. Sure enough, it's translated into English in its entirety in [Poll #1271155]
[identity profile] livviebway.livejournal.com
My first day living in Paris and the first thing I did was make a little side trip to la Maison Duplay.  The plaque is still in fine shape, the patisserie Les Délices de Manon is still going strong next door.  There was a man from Les Délices who noticed me standing there looking up at the plaque and said I could go inside the courtyard, so I did.  It was all alone in there and it was so quiet.  The courtyard opens onto a giant window for the restaurant of Les Délices de Manon, so I spent some time contemplating the metaphysical space of the Duplays' living room.

I remember in the book The Way of the Tumbrils there was a little map of the courtyard, and maybe in some other books as well?  I was wondering if anyone had a map so I could orient myself a little more when I inevitably head back.
[identity profile] misatheredpanda.livejournal.com
Hello! I have a question today. Does anyone know where, within the Panthéon, Marat's tomb was? Are there any pictures or references that give some idea of it? I went there this morning, and between the fits of revolutionary ecstasy and all of that, curiosity struck me suddenly. I finally got myself to ask some people who worked there (...well, I'm very shy) and no one knew. (It also seemed they couldn't imagine why I'd want to know, but that's to be expected, I'm sure.) Thank you in advance~
[identity profile] victoriavandal.livejournal.com
Hi, I was wondering if anyone knows what's currently on the site of 398-400 Rue Saint-Honoré, Duplay house as was? I've avoided going for years because of the fur shop - now there seems to be a tea shop/cafe when I google it. Either way, I was under the impression there wasn't much of the original building left (there seems to be a dispute about whether the whole thing was rebuilt when the extra floors were added in the 19thc, and the ground floor wall in the courtyard was taken out and made into a glass-fronted bar in the 1950's), but there's a right-wing website chatroom boasting of disrupting the 28th July commemorations in the courtyard last year (if they want a monarch, they can have ours!).
So, does any of it still exist, has it been modernised inside beyond recognition, does the courtyard survive, is it accessible to the public, and is the door that used to open onto the alternative staircase (and that had a preservation order put on it in the 1950's) still there?
[identity profile] trf-chan.livejournal.com
Well...this isn't strictly on topic, but...

What thoughts do you guys have on the upcoming French presidential election? (Which, BTW, is May 6th - the same day as Maxime's birthday)

Personally, I'm for Sego. Sarko scares me for a number of reasons. Plus, Sego has been called 'Robespierre in a skirt' - which can only be good news. :D


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