Compelled to Witness

Compelled to Witness Women's Memoirs of the French Revolution YALOM, Marilyn

From Marie Antoinette during her final days in prison, to Charlotte Robespierre, the sister of the man responsible for ordering hundreds to the guillotine, women on both sides of the revolution were bound together by a common nightmare. Join Stanford professor Marilyn Yalom, as she uncovers first-person accounts of more than eighty remarkable women memoirists-of all ages and backgrounds, all victims of the French Revolution.


"Seven heads fell to the acclamation of that mad crowd, which, fortunately for me, was too captivated by this bloody scene to notice my flight and my fear…"

-Alexandrine des Écherolles, then fourteen years old, describing executions by guillotine in the public square of Lyon, France.

"The murder of my father, before my very eyes, filled me with rage and despair. From this moment on….I swore to fight until death or victory."

-Renée Bordereau, a peasant woman, who disguised herself as a man and fought as a counterrevolutionary solider in more than two hundred battles.


Compelled to Witness: Women's Memoirs of the French Revolution has garnered critical acclaim from colleagues and reviewers since its original publication as Blood Sisters: The French Revolution in Women's Memory.

"This masterfully crafted book adds a new dimension to our understanding of the French Revolution." - Library Journal

"…a thoughtful feminist analysis of the French Revolution." - Publishers Weekly

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Astor and Lenox LLC
240 pp.

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