The title of 'abbé' was conferred on a wide range of Catholic clergymen in eighteenth-century France. They often took on roles as tutors within noble families or as schoolteachers. Although he was being held in the notorious Abbaye prison during the September Massacres (due to his refusal to take the oath required by the Civil Constitution of the Clergy), he was spared by the mob in recognition of the work he had previously done as a teacher of the deaf and dumb.
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4 September: Revolutionary Massacre: Paris in September 1792
At the start of September 1792 Revolutionary tensions boiled over in the capital in the wake of the fall of the monarchy and news of...