Ribbons of Scarlet

Ribbons of Scarlet

A Novel of the French Revolution's Women

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"Six best-selling and award-winning authors bring to life a breathtaking epic novel illuminating the hopes, desires, and destinies of princesses and peasants, harlots and wives, fanatics and philosophers - six unforgettable women whose paths cross during one of the most tumultuous and transformative events in history: the French Revolution. Ribbons of Scarlet is a timely story of the power of women to start a revolution - and change the world. In late 18th-century France, women do not have a place in politics. But as the tide of revolution rises, women from gilded salons to the streets of Paris decide otherwise - upending a world order that has long oppressed them. Blue-blooded Sophie de Grouchy believes in democracy, education, and equal rights for women and marries the only man in Paris who agrees. Emboldened to fight the injustices of King Louis XVI, Sophie aims to prove that an educated populace can govern itself - but one of her students, fruit-seller Louise Audu, is hungrier for bread and vengeance than learning. When the Bastille falls and Louise leads a women's march to Versailles, the monarchy is forced to bend, but not without a fight. The king's pious sister, Princess Elisabeth, takes a stand to defend her brother, spirit her family to safety, and restore the old order, even at the risk of her head. But when fanatics use the newspapers to twist the revolution's ideals into a new tyranny, even the women who toppled the monarchy are threatened by the guillotine. Putting her faith in the pen, brilliant political wife Manon Roland tries to write a way out of France's blood-soaked Reign of Terror while pike-bearing Pauline Leon and steely Charlotte Corday embrace violence as the only way to save the nation. With justice corrupted by revenge, all the women must make impossible choices to survive - unless unlikely heroine and courtesan's daughter Emilie de Sainte-Amaranthe can sway the man who controls France's fate: the fearsome Robespierre."--provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019.
ISBN: 9780062916075
Characteristics: xii, 514, 29 pages ;,21 cm.


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Jan 20, 2020

An excellent book about the French Revolution as seen through the eyes of 6 different women who lived during that time. Much is based on actual history and private writings of these very women. It is interesting to see the differences between this revolution and the American one which happened only a short time before. This also shows what can happen when there is a huge income gap among citizens of a country.

JCLPiepieB Sep 28, 2019

I don't think I've ever read a novel like this - where each part builds on the previous section, all leading to an epilogue after the sixth part. The more I read it, the more I liked it, even though the subject matter was pretty heavy. The French Revolution is not a huge area of interest for me, but with so many WWII novels out there, reading about a different piece of history was a welcome change. The six authors here pulled this novel off with great style and panache. An immensely sad, but very important and special book. Recommended.

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