Friday, June 11, 2010

Out of the Depths

An excellent account about the spontaneity of the Counter-Revolution. To quote:
Accepted mythology about the French Revolution is that the people were oppressed to such an extent that, finally, they could no longer take it and rose up against the tyrant, or "Veto" as Louis XVI was called. The problem with such popular mythology is that, while it may be rooted in fact, it manages to give exactly the wrong idea of what happened.

Contrary to popular belief, the French Revolution was not a popular uprising. The image of bloodthirsty peasants rounding up and executing the detested "Aristos" (except for those rescued by the Scarlet Pimpernel or Sidney Carton) is extraordinarily misleading, to say the least. Most people guillotined during the Terror were ordinary people, some executed for nothing more than "insufficient revolutionary fervor."


lara77 said...

Thank you Elena Maria for this contact and WONDERFUL article. It proves the myth of the French Revolution and the lies told to this day in our history books. The earlier article on the lavishness of the lifestyle at the Elysee Palace under Sarkozy proved another fact; the French Republic is like the nouveau riche couple trying to keep up with ancient nations like Britain which kept its ancient monarchy. The republic remains the greatest insult to ancient eternal France because it denied France's Christian and Royalist heritage.

elena maria vidal said...

Thank you, Lara!