The French Revolution

Parisian and French Revoltionary Tradition
Revolutionary Tradition and Les Miserable
--place de concord
--Notre Dame
Daily Sites
--street names
--childrens names and games
Revolution 1789
--the monarchy
--Tennis court oath
--fall of the bastille
--October days
--Declaration of war
--Palace invaded
--louis xvi
--Riegn of terror
--Robespierre falls
--At war
1789 in Les Miserables
--The Terror
--The People
--The Students
--The Monarchy

The three components of this site are:



"The metropolis is naturally salubrious, and the purity of its atmosphere may be at once ascertained by viewing it from an elevated situation. If Paris is seen from the towers of Notre Dame, the Pantheon, the arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile, the hieghts of Monmarte, or the cemetery of Pere la Chaise, the panorame is complete...the whole forms a prospect at once grand and beautiful"(Gillivani ii). To find out more about the above mentioned sites of paris, click on sites and get ready!


II. The French Revolution: 1789-1799

The Revolution of 1789 was a pivitol event in the history of France, and paved the way for other Revolutions in France (1830, 1832, 1848, 1870) Victor Hugo was very aware of French Revolutionary Tradition; the pivitol event of Les Miserables is an uprising in Paris led by students hungry to recapture the republican spirit of 1789. These pages contain an overview of the history of the French Revolution; knowledge which is crucial for complete understanding of Hugo's most celebrated novel.

III. 1789 in Les Miserables

This part of the section makes explicit connections between the events and people of 1789 and the characters and plot of Les Miserables.