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The Guillotine & The Cross Paperback – October 1, 1991

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Christendom Press; 1 edition (October 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 093188845X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0931888458
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a great book. It should be subtitled "The TRUTH about the French Revolution". Full of facts and dates, and heavily footnoted so that sources can be referenced, the author paints an indisputable picture of what the French Revolution really was: a chaotic bloodbath in which the Catholic Church and anyone associated with it was brutally persecuted. Carroll totally discounts the modern myth of the French Revolution as an event that simply brought France from monarchy to democracy, by inundating the reader with facts to the contrary; did you know that one of the first people to die in the guillotine was a newspaper reporter? So much for freedom of the press. My only complaint about this book is that it is so full of facts and dates it made it slow to read because I found myself wanting to take notes! This book is truly a powerful weapon for combatting the myths about the French Revolution. The description of the "field of screams" was chilling. Also disturbing was the scene where the animals pulling the death cart refused to enter the square where the guillotine was, because their senses were so repulsed by the blood-soaked ground.
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A wit once remarked that any fool can make history, but only a great man can write one. I'm happy to say that this book proves Warren Carroll such a man. He covers in detail the start of the revolution proper, with the arrest of King Louis XVI, proceeding through the Terror and its aftermath. His style is gripping, telling history as it is meant to be--a living story of a once-alive past. I was especially glad to see a whole chapter devoted to the uprising in the Vendee; these royalists are rarely heard of in today's textbooks, and I myself had not heard of it until early this year. Carroll covers in detail the suppression of Catholicism, along with the slaughter of priests and the martyrdom of the Carmelite sisters upon the Guillotine.
I would only add that Carroll is an obvious sympathizer with the ancien regime, which may make uncomfortable those accustomed to republican sentiment. His work provokes one to wonder just how the American republic contrasted to the French version. This history proves that Republics are not immune from despots and mass murder.
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This book is well researched, organized, and written, but most of all it is INTERESTING to the highest degree! Read the compelling story of the wonderful Carmelite nuns of Compiegne! Highly recommended!!
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I have almost finished this book and it is an easy read and very informative. I was never taught a fraction of what is in this book concerning the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror. The young should be taught true history. The author portrays the evil of this time and it compares with the Nazis actions and the evils of the Russian Revolution. I know we have been allies of France in many wars but to bury the atrocities of history because of this is wrong. It was a time and an evil that gripped a people and has been repeated through out history. Evil is not characteristic to one group or nation. God bless the Catholic martyrs of the French Revolution. We could learn much from the way they lived and died for their Catholic beliefs.
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If you want an excellent portrayal of European history from a very Catholic perspective, Dr. Carroll's books are perfect. He writes in vivid language and with great enthusiasm about things that are, at least for me, very important and extremely interesting. Reading this particular book was well worth the little time it took, not only because of what I learned from it, but also for the pure enjoyment I got from reading such wonderful writing.

I'd also like to say something in response to the review written by Mr. Tozer. Next fall I will return to my studies at the college Dr. Carroll was a founder and the first president of. I have listened to him speak on more than one occasion and can say without hesitation that this college is the most profoundly and devoutly Catholic place I have ever been to. Whatever evidence you think you have that indicates Dr. Carroll is anything but absolutely loyal to the Catholic Church is, in short, ridiculous.
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A very good book if you are seeking to understand the French Revolution. I am fascinated by the parallel with what is happening today and what happened when the French took control of higher education and medical care away from the Catholic Church! This information is worth the price of the book.
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