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Project MUSE - Respectable Folly: Millenarians and the French Revolution
"The French Revolution generated a wave of popular piety and religious excitement in both France and England, where millenarians—prophets of the millennium—attempted to interpret the Revolution as the fulfillment of the predictions of Daniel and St. John the Divine. This study discusses the millenarian ideal in the context of the intellectual and religious attitudes of the time. Rejecting interpretations of millenarianism that chalk it up to class struggle or mass hysteria, Garrett stresses the interaction between politics and religion, viewing the phenomenon as the interpretation, by a varied assortment of individuals, of coincident political events in eschatological terms. Faced with a change as significant as the French Revolution, people found in the prophetic books of the Bible an understanding of what was happening to them. If the Revolution was God's will, if its development had been foretold, then surely the final outcome would be beneficial, at least for the faithful. Political events became eschatological events, and dangers and misfortunes became simply the chastisements that a fallen world must undergo before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ can redeem it. Although some of the beliefs may now seem bizarre, Garrett shows that, at the time, they attracted many followers for whom these ideas were both reasonable and respectable. Focusing on the careers of three millenarians—Suzette Labrousse, Catherine Théot, and Richard Brothers—Garrett tries to understand these prophets as persons rather than dismiss them as fanatics. Their prominence resulted from their success in transmitting a new political consciousness through familiar religious imagery. While the Revolution gave urgency and tangible reality to millenarian convictions, Labrousse, Théot, and others were convinced, well before the Revolution, that they were the bearers of divine revelations and thus welcomed the Revolution as confirmation of their own missions"
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20 days ago by cshalizi
2012-39. Les Capucins de Nîmes, premiers martyrs de la révolution. · Le blogue du Maître-Chat Lully
Les Capucins étaient déjà présents à Nîmes au XVIème siècle, mais leur couvent avait été dévasté par les protestants en décembre 1561.
L’ « Edit de grâce » signé le 28 juin 1629, appelé aussi Paix d’Alais (aujourd’hui orthographié Alès), avait marqué la véritable fin de ces guerres civiles dites « guerres de religion » : tout en confirmant la liberté de culte pour les huguenots, il permettait enfin le rétablissement du culte catholique dans tous les endroits dont les protestants l’avaient jusqu’alors banni, et il mettait fin à la puissance politique du parti protestant qui menaçait l’unité et la paix du Royaume.
french_revolution  french_history  Vendée  catholic_history  catholic_saints 
june 2019 by meghanferrara
Les Saisons - Ethike_arete - 18th Century CE RPF, French History RPF, French Revolution RPF [Archive of Our Own]
Description: Maximilien Robespierre attempts to navigate and balance the role of love and desire between individuals and his wider responsibilities to the People.

Notes: A/N: While the author may be dead, I would suggest this series is best understood by considering it a response fic rather than standard RPF. Without being truly meta, it's an entirely intentional challenge to the manner in which concepts of masculinity, m/m sexuality and homoromanticism are misrepresented in film/books (both fiction and non-fiction) and certain discussions within the community about the Revolution, and particularly Robespierre and Saint-Just. That is, while I've legitimately attempted to be more historically accurate to both people and events, there are assorted nods to particular tropes, character types and depictions from a range of media.

As I am not a trained historian, and am limited to Anglophone resources and my schoolboy French, I have tried to clearly mark any places where my knowledge is particularly limited, or where I have had to make authorial choices based on conflicting information. Sometimes, I have learned new information well after writing a chapter or story, and cannot thus alter the text without substantially impacting the structure of the narrative or rewriting from scratch. I have listed these below.
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april 2019 by a_phasia
Becoming a Revolutionary
Here Timothy Tackett tests some of the diverse explanations of the origins of the French Revolution by examining the psychological itineraries of the individuals who launched it--the deputies of the Estates General and the National Assembly. Based on a wide variety of sources, notably the letters and diaries of over a hundred deputies, the book assesses their collective biographies and their cultural and political experience before and after 1789. In the face of the current "revisionist" orthodoxy, it argues that members of the Third Estate differed dramatically from the Nobility in wealth,...
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september 2018 by jpowerj

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