Blood Sisters by Marilyn Yalom
The French Revolution in Women's Memory

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A look at the women who lived through the French Revolution studies documents by the governess of royal children, the servant attending Marie-Antoinette in her final hours, Robespierre's sister, a peasant woman who fought as a soldier, and others.
 

About Marilyn Yalom

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Marilyn Yalom is a senior scholar at the Institute for Women and Gender at Stanford University. She is the author of "A History of the Wife"; "A History of the Breast"; "Blood Sisters: The French Revolution in Women's Memory"; and "Maternity, Mortality, and the Literature of Madness". She lives in Palo Alto, California, with her husband, psychiatrist and writer Irvin Yalom.
 
Published July 1, 1993 by Basic Books. 308 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Biographies & Memoirs, War. Non-fiction

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But these women, cut off by their sex from the political life that explained the excesses of the Revolution, saw and recorded only the hardship, violence, and suffering--remaining victims and spectators even when they managed, through cross- dressing, to join the battles, or when they served as i...

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Yalom, a faculty member of Stanford University's Institute for Research on Women and Gender who has written many books in the fields of French history and women's studies ( Rethinking the Family ), he

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Yalom, a faculty member of Stanford University's Institute for Research on Women and Gender who has written many books in the fields of French history and women's studies ( Rethinking the Family ), here uses her expertise to provide a thoughtful feminist analysis of the French Revolution and the ...

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So too are the Revolutionaries - Madame Roland, who in the five months in prison before her execution wrote, Yalom says, "the work that would become the most famous eyewitness chronicle of the Revolution", to Charlotte Robespierre, who late in life wrote a hagiographic memoir attempting to exoner...

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From the legendary revolutionaries Theroigne de Mericourt and Olympe de Gouges, who had hoped that the new regime would extend some of the rights now being given to men also to their wives and sisters, to the tricoteuse watching heads roll from the guillotine, women's role was very public, if ver...

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