The French Revolution

Camille Desmoulins
Revolutionary Tradition and Les Mis
Revolution 1789
--The Monarchy
--Tennis Court Oath
--Fall of the Bastille
--October Days
--Declaration of War
--Palace Invaded
--Louis XVI
--Reign of Terror
-- Fall of Robespierre
--At war
1789 in Les Miserables
--The Terror
--The People
--The Students
--The Monarchy
--Place de Concord
--Notre Dame
Daily Sites
--Street Names
--Children's Names and Games
Works Consulted

  Camille Desmoulins was an unemployed lawyer and active propagandist when he spoke to the crowd gathered at the Palais Royal on 12 July 1789. After the fall of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, Desmoulins was credited with sparking the Parisian revolt that lead to the fall, and his place in history was assured. Desmoulins was closely affiliated with both Robespierre and Danton. Robespierre and Desmoulins had been at grammer school together in Paris, and had a strong affinity for one another.


  Danton and Desmoulins became closely linked when Desmoulins started publishing his paper The Old Cordelier. In the three editions that were published, Desmoulins echoed Danton's plea to end the Terror, and compared the situation of France to the collapse fo Rome when Ceasar was attempting his dictatorship. The parallels between Robespierre and Ceasar were evident, and Robespierre took serious offence against his old friend. Desmoulins was arrested and killed with Danton.

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