Private Lives and Public Affairs: The Causes Célèbres of Prerevolutionary France

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Violette Noziere was a young woman who poisoned her parents. Her father died; her mother lived. After she was apprehended and perhaps before, though this is in dispute she accused her father of Sarah Maza. Why might a seemingly respectable little mademoiselle from a 'nice' bourgeois family want to poison her maman et papa at the breakfast table? Journal of Social History , fall, , Cynthia A.

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September 23, Retrieved September 23, from Encyclopedia. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. This is an old story, but Professor Maza has had fun with it.

These details of the Rohan case and others that Maza examines reached a very wide public, thanks to the distribution of memoires judiciaires , highly coloured and partisan accounts of events written by the barristers involved. Such was the public interest in these trials that when even Voltaire sold no more than copies of his books, the memoires could sell as many as 10, Not only were they the most popular form of reading, but the cases they dealt with were peculiarly instructive in the social and political tensions of the period.

All historians want to see such patterns and tensions particularly just before the French Revolution , but Maza is thorough and convincing.

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The most fascinating part of this brilliantly argued book concerns the whole idea of how public opinion is first formed in a country that is politically mature but lacking effective means of mass communication. One of the key figures is Beaumarchais, author of The Marriage of Figaro, social climber, irritant and author of memoires judiciaires.


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