Blood Sisters : The French Revolution Essay

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Book Review Marilyn Yalom was, from 1984 to 1985, the senior scholar at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. Needless to say, she had extensive knowledge about the roles women played throughout history. Her book, titled Blood Sisters: The French Revolution in Women’s Memory, lets you see the impact that women had in the French Revolution. Published in 1993 by BasicBooks, Blood Sisters is a compilation and analysis of nearly one hundred memoirs, all written by women. The book focuses on giving a different perspective to the French Revolution. Because men wrote most memoirs at that time, the women featured share their side of the Revolution. The women in this book very from chapter to chapter, some are royalists who are willing to do anything to protect the king and queen, others were advocates of a strong constitutional monarchy. Some women came from the highest classes; their families were some of the wealthiest in Europe. Others tended to cattle in western France or served the upper classes as maids. There are a few pictures in this book, all black and white pictures of paintings of the Revolution. One theme of this book is to show how influential women were in the French Revolution, and to show the impact the Revolution had on women. Many had their closest family members brutally murdered, while others were able to escape to other countries.

Chapter 2: The Year 1789, in Women’s Words This chapter begins by highlighting the extensive…

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