Letters from Revolutionary France: Letters Written in France to a Friend in London, Between the Month of November 1794, and the Month of May 1795

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August 2001



Watkin Tench's letters (from Quimper and from the French ships "le Marat" and "le Normandie" in Brest harbour) give a powerful sense of a country caught up in a process of rapid and unpredictable change at a time when counter-revolutionary uprisings in rural Brittany were being fuelled by differences in religion and language.This fully-annotated edition includes an introduction placing Tench's work in its historical, literary and cultural contexts. It will appeal not only to students and scholars of history and literature, but to all those interested in the French Revolution as well as in military and maritime history at the turn of the nineteenth century.


1796 edition of the letters; introduction offering an interpretation of the book's historical, cultural and literary importance; annotations to explain and contextualize points of historical and cultural significance. The text would also include a map of the Channel and North West France; a chronology of relevant French, British and world events; Mary Wollstonecraft's 1796 review of the letters; a translation of the 'Preface' to the 1789 Paris Edition of A Narrative of the Expedition to Botany Bay; an article by Captain Bligh, taken from the Naval Gazette describing the sea-battle in which Tench was captured.


Gavin Edwards is a senior lecturer in literature at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Glamorgan. He is a former lecturer at the University of Wales, Lampeter and the University of Sydney. French and French studies is a particularly popular choice of subjects among students, and this first hand account of the French Revolution would make excellent background reading for any student studying in the field of literature, history or french.


'The letters ... are an easy read, and provide an intriguing insight into how the provincial society of western Brittany was coping with the political uncertainty of the Thermidorian period ... a useful ... source for eyewitness information on this period.' Modern and Contemporary France 'Tench's letters will be of considerable interest to students of naval interesting little book-something to be read in bed with a lot of rum. It comes with informative notes, appendices and a lengthy introduction, hallmarks of a good editor.' Times Literary Supplement
EAN: 9780708316917
ISBN: 0708316913
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2001
Seitenanzahl: 186 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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