The French Revolution: Everything you need to know
If you’re looking for an introduction to the French Revolution, this episode from our ‘Everything you wanted to know’ series is a good place to start. Professor Marisa Linton responds to listener questions and internet search queries on the key issues surrounding the blood-soaked events in late 18th-century France. She discusses the causes and consequences of the Revolution, looking at the roles played by key individuals and the impact on ordinary French people.
Doomed queen Marie Antoinette is one of the most instantly recognisable figures of the French Revolution, but much of what we think we know about her is in fact myth – including the ‘fact’ she purportedly said “let them eat cake“. In this podcast, biographer John Hardman unpicks slander from reality – reconstructing the queen’s life, from her role in court politics to her grisly fate at the hands of the revolutionaries.
The failings of the French Revolution
What do we get wrong about the French Revolution? In this podcast from 2018, Stephen Clarke, author of The French Revolution and What Went Wrong, offers a myth-busting account of events, revealing a much more murky and complex reality than the story that is usually remembered.
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