The duchess makes numerous comments about the state and fate of the French nation as a whole.
Appears in these Letters:
10 February: Pre-Revolutionary Violence
Although many of the Letters focus on Paris, they also show that the duchess made considerable efforts to stay informed about events elsewhere in the...
14 October: A King Imprisoned? The October Days
On 5-6 October 1789, a Parisian crowd led by thousands of women marched out to demonstrate at Versailles and forced the royal family to relocate to...
29 December: The Duchess Reflects
The duchess takes stock of the Revolution thus far, and considers what it has meant for her and for the country. Her decision to begin this review...
7 November: Life as an Émigré. Part 2
The duchess gives a more positive report of life in Tournai than in her Letter of the previous month, comparing the fear she would have been enduring...
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...