Madame Roland: A Biograhical Study

Madame Roland: A Biograhical Study

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Madame Roland: A Biograhical Study

Madame Roland: A Biograhical Study

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Some eight years ago I undertook a study of the women of the French Revolution, my object being merely to satisfy myself as to the value of their public services in that period. In the course of my studies I became particularly interested in Madame Roland, and when five years ago I found myself in Paris for an extended period, I decided to use my leisure in making a more careful investi- gation of her life and times than I had been able to do in America. The result of that study is con- densed in this volume.

Much of the material used in preparing the book is new to the public. The chapter on Mademoi- selle Phlipon's relations with M. Roland and of their marriage has been written from unpublished letters, and presents a very different view of that affair from that which her biographers have hitherto given, and from that which she herself gives in her Memoirs. The story of her seeking a title with its privileges in Paris in 1784 has never before been told, the letters in which the details of her search are given never having been published. Those of her biographers who have had access to these letters have been too . . .

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