Feuillants Club

Created: 1791

The Feuillants were a moderate splinter group of the Paris Jacobin Club. In July 1791 the majority of the latter's membership left in protest at a vocal minority's opposition to the Constituent Assembly's attempts to protect the king in the wake of his failed Flight to Varennes the previous month. However, within a couple of months political momentum had shifted back to the Jacobin Club and a leadership group who would be central to the next, increasingly radical phase of the Revolution: Robespierre, Brissot, Desmoulins and Collot d'Herbois among others. The Feuillants name came from the club's meetings being held in what had previously been the Feuillant monastery in central Paris.



Appears in these Letters:


14 August: The August Revolution: The Fall of the Monarchy

The summer of 1792 was a perfect storm for the French monarchy, with rising demands for a Republic amid military defeats and the lasting resentment...


5 June: Reflections on Political Repression

The duchess explains how the balance of political power in the capital has recently shifted in a more radical direction, and considers the...