French revolution was not well taught at my school, so it always was a historic theme I wanted to know more about. As a plus the life of Marie Antoinette is quite interesting, so I enjoyed both books. Among their virtues I'd say they are well researched and the author tries to be neutral, also although both books overlap a bit there is not a repetition of paragraphs or sentences (as it happened in the collected editions of the history of vikings by the same author). Among things that could improve, but didn't rob from the enjoyment of the reading, in some parts the history seemed to fluctuate a bit not in chronological order but in a thematic one.
About the history in itself is a bit tragic. It seems the king and queen were well intentioned but living isolated in big mansions they would only care to give symbolic help for good press rather than facing the harsh reality. Something akin to Hollywood celebrities that are "saving" the world with empty tweets. It was interesting to know that that century had lived a world war (Seven Years war) and that the economy had a global character. The help of the king to free the U.S. in the long run meant his end too. It was a bit funny that the countries trying to defeat the new government would be defeated in turn by the new entity.
Poets from the United Kingdom as Blake, Coleridge or Wordsworth would write inspired by the French Revolution, but somehow that would change. Maybe the toll of deaths and the reality crushing dreams. Indeed this a complex history with not clear heroes and villains, or they are all those in different moments. All in all these two books are fuel for thought if you, like me, have not much knowledge of this period. Therefore my score.
- Paperback: 178 pages
- Publisher: Independently Published (9 January 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1793488312
- ISBN-13: 978-1793488312
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 299 g
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