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Carlyle's the French Revolution: Continuum Histories 5 by Ruth Scurr

By Ruth Scurr

Ruth Scurr deals a considerable advent to Carlyle and his masterwork, through a chain of conscientiously chosen extracts.

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3, p. 333 (below p. 165). 42. The French Revolution: A History, vol. 3, p. 377 (below p. 169). 43. The French Revolution: A History, vol. 3, p. 453 (below p. 195). 23 This page intentionally left blank T HE FR E N CH R E VOL U TION This page intentionally left blank THE FRENCH REVOLUTION PART I – THE BASTILLE THE PROCESSION 1789 B ut now finally the Sun, on Monday the 4th of May, has risen; – unconcerned, as if it were no special day. And yet, as his first rays could strike music from the Memnon’s Statue on the Nile, what tones were these, so thrilling, tremulous of preparation and foreboding, which he awoke in every bosom at Versailles!

STORM AND VICTORY. But, to the living and the struggling, a new, Fourteenth morning dawns. Under all roofs of this distracted City, is the nodus of a drama, not untragical, crowding towards solution. The bustlings and preparings, the tremors and menaces; the tears that fell from old eyes! This day, my sons, ye shall quit you like men. By the memory of your fathers’ wrongs, by the hope of your children’s rights! Tyranny impends in red wrath: help for you is none if not in your own right hands. This day ye must do or die.

The novelist Carlyle specifically mentions reading at this time is Frederick Marryat (1792–1848). 18. 1215/lt-18350800-TC-GRI-01; CL 8: 191–92. 19. 1215/lt-18360502-TC-JSM-01; CL 8: 338–40; Carlyle’s ‘Parliamentary History of the French Revolution,’ was published by Mill in the London and Westminster Review, XXVII (April 1837), 233–47; republished in Critical and Miscellaneous Essays, collected and republished, London: Chapman & Hall, 1847, vol. 4, pp. 77–98. 20. Critical and Miscellaneous Essays, vol.

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