La Vendée: revolt against French revolution

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Historical Context Note

Royalists and clergy take advantage of the opposition to form an army which captures Saumur and Angers in June 1793 but the Vendéen army meets with increasingly well-organised Republican opposition and is finally defeated in December. (This revolt is described in Victor Hugo's Quatre-vingt treize). In the same month, as many as 60 of the 80 departments in France are in revolt against the revolution, whilst the Germans attack from the north and east and the British from the south and west.

Recommended Reading

Simon Schama gives a gripping and appalled account of the suppression of La Vendée in his Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution (London and New York, Knopf and Viking 1989; …

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Editors. "La Vendée: revolt against French revolution". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 November 2007
[, accessed 28 November 2015.]

Related Groups

  1. French Revolution and French Revolutionary Wars: 1789-1802