The French Revolution: A History. Volume 3: The Guillotine


Read by Peter Dann

Of this third, and final, phase of the French Revolution, including that period known as The Terror, Carlyle comments "It is unfortunate, though very natural, that the history of this Period has so generally been written in hysterics." Carlyle's own account of the prominent personalities and "two great movements" that dominate this phase of the revolution — "a rushing against domestic Traitors, a rushing against foreign Despots" — spares us none of the drama, yet is surprisingly compassionate and understanding from an author whose own society was riven with social inequalities that might conceivably have led to insurrection. Particularly memorable are Carlyle's portraits of Danton, Marat and Robespierre, and some brief, and ultimately decisive, appearances from one Napoleon Bonaparte. - Summary by Peter Dann (12 hr 44 min)

Chapters

Book 1, Chapter 1: The Improvised Commune 30:49 Read by Peter Dann
Book 1, Chapter 2: Danton 11:21 Read by Peter Dann
Book 1, Chapter 3: Dumouriez 8:58 Read by Peter Dann
Book 1, Chapter 4: September in Paris 22:50 Read by Peter Dann
Book 1, Chapter 5: A Trilogy 16:10 Read by Peter Dann
Book 1, Chapter 6: The Circular 22:18 Read by Peter Dann
Book 1, Chapter 7: September in Argonne 24:14 Read by Peter Dann
Book 1, Chapter 8: Exeunt 17:08 Read by Peter Dann
Book 2, Chapter 1: The Deliberative 24:55 Read by Peter Dann
Book 2, Chapter 2: The Executive 9:52 Read by Peter Dann
Book 2, Chapter 3: Discrowned 7:25 Read by Peter Dann
Book 2, Chapter 4: The Loser Pays 6:42 Read by Peter Dann
Book 2, Chapter 5: Stretching of Formulas 12:29 Read by Peter Dann
Book 2, Chapter 6: At the Bar 20:03 Read by Peter Dann
Book 2, Chapter 7: The Three Votings 14:17 Read by Peter Dann
Book 2, Chapter 8: Place de la Révolution 16:13 Read by Peter Dann
Book 3, Chapter 1: Cause and Effect 16:13 Read by Peter Dann
Book 3, Chapter 2: Culottic and Sansculottic 13:25 Read by Peter Dann
Book 3, Chapter 3: Growing Shrill 10:27 Read by Peter Dann
Book 3, Chapter 4: Fatherland in Danger 20:17 Read by Peter Dann
Book 3, Chapter 5: Sansculottism Accoutred 9:56 Read by Peter Dann
Book 3, Chapter 6: The Traitor 10:06 Read by Peter Dann
Book 3, Chapter 7: In Fight 6:48 Read by Peter Dann
Book 3, Chapter 8: In Death-Grips 13:46 Read by Peter Dann
Book 3, Chapter 9: Extinct 14:15 Read by Peter Dann
Book 4, Chapter 1: Charlotte Corday 20:19 Read by Peter Dann
Book 4, Chapter 2: In Civil War 9:18 Read by Peter Dann
Book 4, Chapter 3: Retreat of the Eleven 10:40 Read by Peter Dann
Book 4, Chapter 4: O Nature 12:30 Read by Peter Dann
Book 4, Chapter 5: Sword of Sharpness 8:25 Read by Peter Dann
Book 4, Chapter 6: Risen against Tyrants 10:31 Read by Peter Dann
Book 4, Chapter 7: Marie-Antoinette 8:09 Read by Peter Dann
Book 4, Chapter 8: The Twenty-two 9:20 Read by Peter Dann
Book 5, Chapter 1: Rushing down 12:40 Read by Peter Dann
Book 5, Chapter 2: Death 16:45 Read by Peter Dann
Book 5, Chapter 3: Destruction 23:26 Read by Peter Dann
Book 5, Chapter 4: Carmagnole complète 16:59 Read by Peter Dann
Book 5, Chapter 5: Like a Thunder-Cloud 10:32 Read by Peter Dann
Book 5, Chapter 6: Do thy Duty 17:52 Read by Peter Dann
Book 5, Chapter 7: Flame-Picture 10:45 Read by Peter Dann
Book 6, Chapter 1: The Gods are athirst 15:31 Read by Peter Dann
Book 6, Chapter 2: Danton, No Weakness 15:02 Read by Peter Dann
Book 6, Chapter 3: The Tumbrils 13:58 Read by Peter Dann
Book 6, Chapter 4: Mumbo-Jumbo 9:54 Read by Peter Dann
Book 6, Chapter 5: The Prisons 8:11 Read by Peter Dann
Book 6, Chapter 6: To Finish the Terror 13:17 Read by Peter Dann
Book 6, Chapter 7: Go Down to 19:23 Read by Peter Dann
Book 7, Chapter 1: Decadent 10:32 Read by Peter Dann
Book 7, Chapter 2: La Cabarus 11:53 Read by Peter Dann
Book 7, Chapter 3: Quiberon 8:57 Read by Peter Dann
Book 7, Chapter 4: Lion not Dead 9:54 Read by Peter Dann
Book 7, Chapter 5: Lion Sprawling its Last 16:39 Read by Peter Dann
Book 7, Chapter 6: Grilled Herrings 9:16 Read by Peter Dann
Book 7, Chapter 7: The Whiff of Grapeshot 15:53 Read by Peter Dann
Book 7, Chapter 8: Finis 7:28 Read by Peter Dann