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The Marquis - Lafayette Reconsidered

Laura Auricchio

A major biography of the Marquis de Lafayette, French hero of the American Revolution, looks past the storybook general and selfless champion of righteous causes who, at the age of nineteen, volunteered to fight under George Washington, casting aside fortune and family (from one of France’s oldest families; his ancestors served in the Crusades and alongside Joan of Arc) to advance the transcendent aims of liberty and justice. We see how Lafayette’s reputation rose to great heights during the American Revolution, but collapsed more than a decade later during the French Revolution; how when the Bastille fell on July 14, 1789, Parisians hailed Lafayette as the French Washington, appointing him commander of their National Guard in the hope that he would be able to restore order to a city wracked by starvation and violence. As revolutionaries hurtled in radical directions and staunch monarchists dug in their heels, Lafayette lost control, remaining steadfast in his belief that the French monarchy needed to be reformed, but not abolished, and doing everything in his power to prevent an American-style republic from taking root in his native land. Formerly seen as France’s heroic figure, he was now a traitor to his nation, forced to flee his country, and today remains a murky figure in French memory.

A major biography of the Marquis de Lafayette, French hero of the American Revolution, looks past the storybook general and selfless champion of righteous causes who, at the age of nineteen, volunteered to fight under George Washington, casting aside fortune and family (from one of France’s oldest families; his ancestors served in the Crusades and alongside Joan of Arc) to advance the transcendent aims of liberty and justice. We see how Lafayette’s reputation rose to great heights during the American Revolution, but collapsed more than a decade later during the French Revolution; how when the Bastille fell on July 14, 1789, Parisians hailed Lafayette as the French Washington, appointing him commander of their National Guard in the hope that he would be able to restore order to a city wracked by starvation and violence. As revolutionaries hurtled in radical directions and staunch monarchists dug in their heels, Lafayette lost control, remaining steadfast in his belief that the French monarchy needed to be reformed, but not abolished, and doing everything in his power to prevent an American-style republic from taking root in his native land. Formerly seen as France’s heroic figure, he was now a traitor to his nation, forced to flee his country, and today remains a murky figure in French memory.
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Genres:

History

Description:

A major biography of the Marquis de Lafayette, French hero of the American Revolution, looks past the storybook general and selfless champion of righteous causes who, at the age of nineteen, volunteered to fight under George Washington, casting aside fortune and family (from one of France’s oldest families; his ancestors served in the Crusades and alongside Joan of Arc) to advance the transcendent aims of liberty and justice. We see how Lafayette’s reputation rose to great heights during the American Revolution, but collapsed more than a decade later during the French Revolution; how when the Bastille fell on July 14, 1789, Parisians hailed Lafayette as the French Washington, appointing him commander of their National Guard in the hope that he would be able to restore order to a city wracked by starvation and violence. As revolutionaries hurtled in radical directions and staunch monarchists dug in their heels, Lafayette lost control, remaining steadfast in his belief that the French monarchy needed to be reformed, but not abolished, and doing everything in his power to prevent an American-style republic from taking root in his native land. Formerly seen as France’s heroic figure, he was now a traitor to his nation, forced to flee his country, and today remains a murky figure in French memory.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Grover Gardner

Length:

12h 45m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

17:53


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

41:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

23:12


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

21:19


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

40:12


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

14:28


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

37:51


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

38:36


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

33:23


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

30:11


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

29:57


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

34:35


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

47:22


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

56:14


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

20:36


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

41:20


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

31:10


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

36:12


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

29:58


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

33:05


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

30:13


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

29:50


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

37:14


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:09