Bastille Day

Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison at the beginning of the French Revolution.  Celebrate July 14th,  France's National Day by checking out one of these books or movies about the French Revolution.

 

You wouldn't want to be an aristocrat in the French Revolution! : a horrible time in Paris you'd rather avoid / written by Jim Pipe

You wouldn't want to be an aristocrat in the French Revolution! : a horrible time in Paris you'd rather avoid / written by Jim Pipe

Humorous illustrated children's book that describes what life must have been like for French aristocrats during the late eighteenth century.  It discusses the excesses that led the common people to revolt and the grisly results.

Frunch Revolution DVD

The French Revolution [DVD-videorecording] : Liberté, egalité, fraternité, a new republic is born in blood

This History Channel documentary examines the issues, people and outcome of the French revolution.

The French Revolution / Linda S. Frey and Marsha L. Frey

The French Revolution / Linda S. Frey and Marsha L. Frey

The French Revolution has often been perceived as the dawn of the modern era, the divide between the ancien regime and the contemporary world. It is an undeniably crucial event in the history of Western Civilization. Yet it is also a confusing and oft-misunderstood event. This comprehensive reference source on the cataclysmic French Revolution contains essays, biographical profiles, primary documents, and more.

Madame Tussaud : a novel of the French revolution / Michelle Moran

Madame Tussaud : a novel of the French revolution / Michelle Moran

Spanning five years, from the budding revolution to the Reign of Terror, Madame Tussaud brings us into the world of an incredible heroine whose talent for wax modeling saved her life and preserved the faces of a vanished kingdom.

The red necklace : a story of the French Revolution / Sally Gardner

Red necklace : a story of the French Revolution / Sally Gardner

The rIn the late eighteenth-century, Sido, the twelve-year-old daughter of a self-indulgent marquis, and Yann, a fourteen-year-old Gypsy orphan raised to perform in a magic show, face a common enemy at the start of the French Revolution. A Young Adult novel.

Seduction / Brenda Joyce

Seduction / Brenda Joyce

In 1793, naive Julianne Greystone, a young radical supporting French Revolutionaries, agrees to hide an injured man in their family home and falls in love with him, but unbeknowst to her, the man she knows a Charles is not who she thinks he is.

A tale of two cities [DVD-videorecording]

A tale of two cities [DVD-videorecording]

Dickens' tale of love, politics, and the aristocracy during the French Revolution.

A Masterpiece Theatre presentation

The bad queen : rules and instructions for Marie-Antoinette / Carolyn Meyer

The bad queen : rules and instructions for Marie-Antoinette / Carolyn Meyer

Drowning her unhappiness in luxurious parties and scandalous fashions when she falls short of impossible court standards and expectations, Marie-Antoinette incites the wrath of her impoverished French subjects and her disapproving mother.  A Young Adult novel.

Paris 1789 : a guide to Paris on the eve of the Revolution / Rachel Wright

Paris 1789 : a guide to Paris on the eve of the Revolution / Rachel Wright

Using a travel guide format, this children's book shows what life was like in Paris at the time of the French Revolution

Marie Antoinette [DVD-videorecording]

Marie Antoinette [DVD-videorecording]

When betrothed to King Louis XVI, the na?ve and beautiful, Austrian-born Marie Antoinette (Dunst) enters the opulent French court, which is steeped in conspiracy and scandal. Without guidance, adrift in a dangerous world, the young girl rebels against the isolated atmosphere of Versailles and becomes France's most misunderstood monarch. Stripped of her riches and finery, imprisoned, and ultimately beheaded by her own subjects, the Queen of France became a toxic symbol for the wanton extravagance of the 18th century monarchy that incited the French Revolution.

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Summaries from publisher materials.

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