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Place de la Bastille, Part 7

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Liberty, Equality, Fraternity — Exploring the French Revolution
by Jack R. Censer & Lynn A. Hunt
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press; Book & CD-ROM edition (March 2001).
Paperback: 212 pages.
Language: English.
An accessible and lively introduction to the fascinating story of the French Revolution, grounded in the latest and most sophisticated historical scholarship. The book gives a brief but comprehensive narrative of the Revolution, while the companion CD-ROM offers readers an unprecedented multimedia overview of the period through images, primary documents, and song. (Also available in hard cover.)

  The Affair of the Necklace (2001) — Warner Home Video
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Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1.
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  The Bastille: A History of a Symbol of Despotism and Freedom
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by Hans-Jurgen Lüsebrink & Rolf Reichardt; Norbert Schurer (Translator)
Publisher: Duke University Press (June 1997).
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Language: English.
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The Last Alchemist: Count Cagliostro, Master of Magic in the Age of Reason
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Publisher: Perennial (April 2004).
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  Paris: La Bastille (Tapeguide Walking Tours)
by Vocabulearn
Audio Cassette
Publisher: Penton Overseas, Inc. (August 1998).
Language: English.
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Justine, Philosophy in the Bedroom and Other Writings
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Publisher: Grove Press; Reprint edition (October 1990).
Paperback, 753 pages.
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It is little wonder that the Marquis de Sade spent the last years of his life in a madhouse. This collection of works is an illuminating collection of Sade's best. The critical introductions are excellent, along with the massive chronology of Sade's life.

Editing, translation, and portions written by Ian C. Mills. ©2003-, All Rights Reserved.

Sources: Walks in Paris, by Augustus J. C. Hare, G. Routledge and Sons (1888). Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, © 2001 Grolier Interactive Inc., Danbury, CT. 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica, a resource in the public domain, made available online by Project Gutenberg. Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Insecula, Guide intégral du voyageur, an architectural resource. Visions de Paris, Le Canal Saint-Martin - la Bastille - l'Arsenal. Bastille — Prison of Conviction, an article by Dr. Heinz Anderle. Anthony's Home Page, a cyber-tour of Paris.

Bibliography: Michelet, J.: Geschichte der Französischen Revolution, Paris 1847-1853, translated into German by R. Kühn and edited by F. Kircheisen, Vienna 1929/1930. Kircheisen, F.: Die Bastille, Berlin 1927. Rudé G.: Die Massen in der Französischen Revolution, Oxford 1959, translated into German by A. Hillmayr and R. Bischoff, Vienna 1961. Lüsebrink, Hans-Jurgen, Reichardt Rolf: Die Bastille - Zur Symbolgeschichte von Herrschaft und Freiheit, Frankfurt 1990. (The Bastille: A History of a Symbol of Despotism and Freedom, Duke University Press 1997). Histoire de la Bastille et de la rue Saint-Antoine avant 1789, M.G. Rémy, Imprimerie Mercadier, Paris (1888). History of the French Revolution from 1789 to 1814, by François Mignet (1824), made available online by Project Gutenberg.

Images: Drawing of Bastille fortress and Faubourg St. Antoine (artist unknown), from La Prise de la Bastille, a web site by Dr. Heinz Anderle. Copperplate engraving of Porte St-Antoine, Giffart, 1706, (and) Copperplate engraving of the Bastille at the Porte St-Antoine, Isaak Trion (Dutch), 1756, both from Lombard Antiquarian Maps & Prints. Lettre de cachet signed by Louis XIV (Musée Carnavalet, Paris; published in Paquet and Boigelot, "La période moderne et les débuts des temps contemporains", Histoire et Humanités, Casterman, 1973), from Department of History, Haute Ecole Mosane d'Enseignement supérieur, Liège, Belgium. Portrait of Voltaire, from Le Petit Larousse Illustré, Dictionnaire Encyclopédique (1995), éditions Larousse, Paris, 1777 pages. Portrait of Count Alessandro di Cagliostro (artist unknown), from book cover of "Cagliostro" by Paolo Cortesi, Newton & Compton Editori (2004). Hôpital de Bicestre, ca. 18th-19th century (artist unknown), from the Urology Department of the current Hôpital Bicêtre, Kremlin-Bicêtre (site no longer available). Masque de fer, illustration in Alexandre Dumas' Le vicomte de Bragelonne, from Le Temps des Révolutions. DVD cover of "The Man in the Iron Mask", © MGM/UA Studios. Portraits of Jacques Necker (and) Louis XVI, Roi de France et de Navarre, both by Joseph Siffred Duplessis, (and) Storming of the Bastille, 14 July 1789 — all three paintings on exhibit at Versailles (Musée National du Château et des Trianons), from the French Ministry of Culture's Joconde Database. Arrest of the Governor of the Bastille, 14 July 1789, displayed at the Musée Historique de la Révolution Française, Vizille; from 1789-1939 L'Histoire par l'image. Diplôme de Vainqueur de la Bastille (1790), from Centre Historique des Archives Nationales (French National Archives). La Bastille dans les premiers jours de sa démolition (1789), by Hubert Robert, on exhibit at Musée Carnavalet, © Photothèque, Mairie de la Ville de Paris. Vue de la reconstitution de la Bastille et de la rue Saint-Antoine, avenue Suffren, à Paris (Reconstructed Bastille, 1889 Exposition), artist unknown, (and) Pierre-François Palloy's plan of the Bastille and surrounding complex (image edited for clarity by Ian C. Mills), from La Nature — Revue des Sciences, pgs. 392-393, Issue #757, 3 December 1887, published by G. Masson, Editeur (Paris); scanned version made available online by Le Conservatoire numérique des Arts & Métiers, part of CNAM. Tower of Liberty, in the Square Galli, from Anthony's Home Page. Tower of Liberty remains unearthed during Paris Métro tunnel excavation, photographer unknown, (and) Modern-day city streets traced on ancient Bastille location, artist unknown, from La Nature — Revue des Sciences, pg. 193, Issue #1344, 25 February 1899, published by G. Masson, Editeur (Paris); scanned version made available online by Le Conservatoire numérique des Arts & Métiers. Place de la Bastille, ca. 1841, lithograph by F. Hoffbauer, from Site Hector Berlioz. July Column, viewed through trees, © F. de La Mure / M.A.E., from Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministère des Affaires Etrangères). Spirit of Freedom atop the July Column, Place de la Bastille, © David Henry (photographer). Reverse side of 10-franc coin (1995), from Monnaie de Paris (the French Mint). Opéra Bastille, © Ian C. Mills (photographer), Discover France. Porte de Plaisance de Paris-Arsenal, © Eric Rougier (photographer), FromParis.com. Postcard of the Gare de Vincennes, around the turn of the 20th century (photographer unknown), from Wikipedia Commons (image provided courtesy of Gregory Deryckère). All Rights Reserved.

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