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The King's Trial: Louis XVI vs. the French Revolution Paperback – Deluxe Edition, March 1, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0520236974 ISBN-10: 0520236971 Edition: First Edition, Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition, With a New Preface

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  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; First Edition, Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition, With a New Preface edition (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520236971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520236974
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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"Remarkably fresh and convincing." -- Times Literary Supplement

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David P. Jordan is the LAS Distinguished Professor of French History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of Transforming Paris: The Life and Labors of Baron Haussmann (1995), The Revolutionary Career of Maximilien Robespierre (1985), and Gibbon and His Roman Empire (1971).

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Stanforth on November 2, 2007
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Jordan's book has several commendable points. His overview of the Revolution pre-trial is cogent and useful to newcomers. His portrayal of the King's last months are evocative and poignant. Jordan also gives a thorough account of all the various arguments employed during the debates. The narrative stumbles a little with his negative characterization of the Girondins and a laudatory one of the Jacobins as better caretakers of the Revolution. This despite the Girondins being sacrificed to the mob by the jacobins' fear and their subsequent government abandoning both Republican and Democratic legacies and embracing the totalitarian terror. Would the Girondins' moderation in retrospect really have had a comparable negative impact? His final chapter on the obliteration of Louis' remains is oddly joyful. maybe he should have written a hagiography of Marat. Overall worth reading.
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This is a great companion piece to 'The Fourteenth of July' by Christopher Prendergast, an account of the storming of the Bastille, the key event initiating the French revolution in 1789, two years prior to the trial of Louis XVI. More than any other history, I was intrigued by the author's account of how he came to write the book as well as his process.
Twice Jordan cites the irony of Louis starting the revolution by calling the Estates-General in 1789. There is the inevitable comparison to other historical regicide episodes, Mary QofS, Charles I, and Nicholas II. The history starts with the invasion of the Tiulleries and subsequent massacre of the Swiss guards, followed by the escape to Varenne and recapture. The book is very good on individual character studies of the king, Mirabeau, Marat, Danton, Robespierre, Saint-Just, Condorcet and many others. Lesser lights play fascinating roles in the political, legal and military drama. It's not so easy to work out the political leanings and affiliations of each.
Though Louis was not politically astute, Jordan's depiction of Louis shows him presenting a courageous, intelligent defense. He was hardly the tyrant of popular opinion. He presents the legal conundrum of having paid for the crime of dictatorship by abdication without any charges stemming from action afterwards.
Clearly the intent was to indict the monarchy rather than the monarch. Eventually he was charged with the nebulous crime of disrespecting the revolution seemingly a superfluous charge.
The book emphasizes the politics of the Girondin-Jacobin struggle. The account of the trial is initially very interesting, though eventually bogging down in minutia.
I found interest in the king's lawyers, especially Raymond DeSeze, as well as the details of his defense.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Textbook Fan on February 25, 2007
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It's hard for me to believe that there are few books on King Louis XVI in light of the French Revolution. This is indeed an interesting look at King Louis- Jordan uses narrative to play out the history of the French Revolution and its aftermath. It was a slow read, but well written.
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