15 rue guadet
Join Anne de MATHAN for a talk entitled: Les Girondins de Saint-Émilion. A micro-history of national importance during the French Revolution
The reopening of local and national archives, together with an analysis of the Memoirs left by five Girondins, will help us to understand how political rivalries at the heart of the young French Republic gradually turned a group of deputies, united by their taste for freedom and a political project for progress, into enemies of the nation.
It will also look at the months that some of them spent in Saint-Émilion after being stripped of their parliamentary mandate, hidden away at the risk of their lives by those close to them, in a proscription from which few escaped.
escaped. The shattered lives of these few men - and women - in Year II (October 1793-July 1794) had a major impact on subsequent political life, as well as on national history and memory.
Anne de Mathan is Professor of Modern History at the University of Caen-Normandie and Director of the HisTeMé (History-Territories-Memory) Research Unit.