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Ninety-Three

Gelesen von Joanna Michal Hoyt

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1793. The new revolutionary government of France is laboring mightily to end injustice and bring in an ideal new age of liberty, equality, and brotherhood, beginning by killing those obnoxious persons who don't appreciate their ideals. In Vendée a force of peasants, strongly supported by imperial England, is laboring mightily to overthrow the revolutionary government and restore Christianity, family, honor and decency, beginning by killing those obnoxious persons who fail to appreciate those noble phenomena. The exiled Marquis de Lantenac returns from England to lead the Vendéan revolt, to institute a take-no-prisoners policy, and to win a series of bloody victories.

Lantenac is opposed with some success by his great-nephew the Revolutionary officer Captain Gauvain. Gauvain's superiors in Paris admire his courage and tactical skill, but they disapprove of his belief that the principle of brotherhood requires him to show mercy to his enemies. They send their man Cimourdain, whose unyielding principles they trust, to make sure that Gauvain's reactionary mercies and his family loyalty are not causing him to betray the Republic--and to have Gauvain killed if that proves to be the case. They don't realize that Cimourdain, who was once a priest and Gauvain's tutor, loves Gauvain like a son--loves him, perhaps, as much as he once loved God and as he now loves the Revolution.

Meanwhile, the Breton peasant Michele Flechard, who has just lost her home and her husband in a war which she experiences an incomprehensible nightmare, is simply trying to keep her young children alive and get them to some place that won't collapse in blood and fire. Under the circumstances, this appears about as difficult as bringing about either version of the Just Kingdom.

Note: A listener interested in the story, and not in a long excursus on the architecture and the notable names of the French Revolution, could skip the very long Section 27, The Convention, without becoming confused or losing any of the plot. (Summary by Joanna Michal Hoyt) (12 hr 39 min)

Chapters

Part 1: At Sea Book 1, Ch 1: The Forest Of La Saudraie

23:58

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Part 1 Book 2: The Corvette Claymore Ch 1: England and France United

7:10

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1/2/Ch 2:Night with the Ship and the Passenger

3:53

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1/2/3: Patrician and Plebeian United

12:17

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1/2/4: Tormentum Belli

5:43

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1/2/5: Vis et Vir

10:41

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1/2/6: The Two Ends of the Scale

5:56

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1/2/7: He Who Sets Sail Invests in a Lottery

6:42

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1/2/8: 9:380

8:49

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1/2/9: Someone Escapes

3:16

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1/2/10: Does He Escape?

5:03

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Pt 1 Book 3: Halmalo Ch 1: Speech Is Word

10:21

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1/3/2: A Peasant's Memory Is Worth As Much As The Captain's Science

18:35

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Pt 1 Bk 4: Tellmarch Ch 1: On The Top Of The Dune

5:38

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1/4/2: Aures Habet Et Non Audiet

4:15

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1/4/3: The Usefulness of Big Letters

4:46

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1/4/4: The Caimand

13:03

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1/4/5: When He Awoke It Was Daylight

7:04

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1/4/6: The Vicissitudes of Civil War

8:58

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1/4/7: No Mercy, No Quarter

10:14

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Part 2: Paris Bk 1: Cimourdain Ch 1: The Streets Of Paris At That Time

15:30

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2/1/2: Cimourdain

15:13

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2/1/3: A Corner Not Dipped Into The Styx

5:49

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Pt 2 Bk 2: The Pot-House On The Rue De Panon Ch 1: Minos, Aeacus, and Rhadamant…

5:30

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2/2/2: Magna Testantur Voce Per Umbras

33:30

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2/2/3: A Quivering of the Inmost Fibres

18:59

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Pt 2 Book 3: The Convention Ch 1: The Convention

52:33

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2/3/2 Marat In The Green-Room

10:29

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Part 3: In The Vendée Bk 1: The Vendée Ch 1: The Forests

4:52

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3/1/2 Men

3:49

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3/1/3 Connivance of Men and Forests

5:34

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3/1/4 Their Life Underground

3:06

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3/1/5 Their Life In Warfare

10:39

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3/1/6 The Soul of the Earth Passes Into Man

7:00

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3/1/7 The Vendée has Ruined Brittany

3:40

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Pt 3 Bk 2: The Three Children Ch 1: Plus Quam Civilia Bella

12:57

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3/2/2 Dol

13:31

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3/2/3 Small Armies and Great Battles

13:58

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3/2/4 A Second Time

4:41

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3/2/5 A Drop of Cold Water

5:15

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3/2/6 A Healed Breast, but a Bleeding Heart

12:45

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3/2/7 The Two Poles of Truth

13:29

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3/2/8 Dolorosa

4:04

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3/2/9 A Provincial Bastille

17:20

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3/2/10 The Hostages

12:59

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3/2/11 Terrible as the Antique

7:10

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3/2/12 The Rescue Planned

4:10

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3/2/13 What The Marquis Is Doing

4:14

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3/2/14 What The Imânus Is Doing

4:24

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Pt 3 Bk 3: The Massacre of St. Bartholomew Ch 1: The Massacre of St Bartholemew

28:33

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Pt 3 Book 4: The Mother Ch 1: Death Passes

5:04

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3/4/2: Death Speaks

7:12

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3/4/3: Mutterings Among The Peasants

7:29

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3/4/4: A Mistake

4:41

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3/4/5: Vox In Deserto

4:13

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3/4/6: The Situation

5:55

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3/4/7: Preliminaries

6:29

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3/4/8: The Speech and the Roar

7:44

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3/4/9: Titans Against Giants

7:55

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3/4/10: Radoub

12:55

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3/4/11: The Desperate

5:34

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3/4/12: The Deliverer

5:29

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3/4/13: The Executioner

4:15

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3/4/14: The Imânus Also Escapes

4:41

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3/4/15: Never Put A Watch And A Key In The Same Pocket

6:34

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Part 3, Book 5: In Daemone Deus. Ch 1: Found, But Lost

15:15

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3/5/2: From The Door Of Stone To That Of Iron

3:52

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3/5/3: Where The Sleeping Children Wake

9:55

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Part 3, Book 6: After Victory, Struggle Begins. Ch 1: Lantenac Taken

4:34

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3/6/2 Gauvain Meditating

24:42

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3/6/3 The Commander's Hood

4:29

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Part 3, Book 7: Feudality and Revolution. Ch 1: The Ancestor

16:38

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3/7/2: The Court-Martial

6:07

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3/7/3: The Votes

9:36

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3/7/4: After Cimourdain The Judge, Cimourdain The Master

3:05

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3/7/5: The Dungeon

17:06

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3/7/6: Still The Sun Rises

15:32

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