The French Revolution

  • by Encyclopaedia Britannica
  • Narrated by Peter Johnson
  • 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The editors of the Encyclopaedia Britannica are pleased to present the world of Marie-Antoinette and the French Revolution - from the grandeur and opulence of the French régime to its chaotic downfall and the new order that rose from its ashes. Here you will learn about the extravagant history of the royal Palace of Versailles with its Hall of Mirrors and extensive gardens, and the lavish court style of Louis XVI. Included are biographical portraits of Marie-Antoinette, her confidantes, and her conspirators, as well as profiles of other fascinating characters, such as Robespierre and Voltaire. From the advent of the guillotine for public executions, to the firebrands, philosophers, and royal philanderers who figured in the Revolution, Encyclopaedia Britannica sheds new light on this fascinating period of world history. Learn about the progression of events from the storming of the Bastille through the Reign of Terror; the scandals of Marie-Antoinette, such as The Affair of the Diamond Necklace; and the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. With over four hours of audio and 60-plus chapters covering key people, places, and events, The French Revolution: Kings, Queens, and Guillotines examines this tumultuous and intriguing turning point in European history, with all of its captivating characters and events.


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This collection of articles was very informative. I got a great sense of the social and political events and people during the 1700's with interesting stories interwoven. Part 2, however seemed to be a repeat of part 1 and there was alot of overlap of the same article in the other EB downloads of the French revolution. My recommendation is to just get this one or if you are interested is specific topics get the shorter topic specific books. It would be nice if the product desription gave a list of the articles for each book in this series.
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- Monica

Pretty dry

As a history junkie it takes a lot to turn me off. This one actually managed to do so...dull as dust.
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- Hika

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-31-2008
  • Publisher: Encyclopaedia Britannica