When the King Took Flight by Timothy Tackett

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On a June night in 1791, King Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette fled Paris in disguise, hoping to escape the mounting turmoil of the French Revolution. They were arrested by a small group of citizens a few miles from the Belgian border and forced to return to Paris. Two years later they would both die at the guillotine. It is this extraordinary story, and the events leading up to and away from it, that Tackett recounts in gripping novelistic style.
 

About Timothy Tackett

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Timothy Tackett is Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine.
 
Published June 30, 2009 by Harvard University Press. 288 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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(Lafayette’s unannounced arrival for a late-evening chat with the king nearly forestalled it all.) When the news of the king’s disappearance began to spread throughout Paris, loud waves of shocked conversation washed through the city’s neighborhoods.

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When the King Took Flight by Timothy Tackett 288pp, Harvard, £16.50 It was one of the French revolution's most dramatic events.

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Historian Tackett (UC-Irvine) skillfully shows how Louis XVI's infamous failed flight from his revolutionary captors in Paris in 1791 led to the eventual victory of radicalism and strengthened those calling for terror to "protect" the revolution from its enemies.

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