Sites and Sounds of Revolutionary Paris

Field of Dreams
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

The Champs Elysees was a vast outward reaching field that was situated in front of the Arc de Triomphe and was too a greatly influenced by the revoltuionary changes of Paris. Victor Hugo elequently described a routinely busy day on the Champs-Elysees in the following qotue:

"The Champs-Elysees, full of sunshine and people, was nothing but
glare and dust, the two elements of glory."
(Victor Hugo Les Miserable, Fantine, chapter V).


* An eastern view of the Champs Elysees (Rice 25)
 The Champs Elysees (Elysian fields) were originally nothing but fields, until Marie de Medicis decided 1616 to put up a long tree-lined pathway. In 1667, Le Notre extended the vista of the Tuileries and the Champs-Elysees became a very fashionable place to walk. In 1724, the avenue was extended up to Chaillot hill, now the site of the Arc de Triomphe and the Etoile. The actual avenue of the Champs-Elysees did not become city property until 1828, when they added footpaths and fountains. They also added gas lighting at this time. In Jefferson's time the rue became notorious for it's abundance of fine shops and to ensure everyone could take part in the fun, window shopping became fashionable. (Rice)