Blackmail, Scandal, and Revolution (häftad)
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Blackmail, Scandal, and Revolution (häftad)

Blackmail, Scandal, and Revolution

London's French Libellistes, 17581792

Häftad,  Engelska, 2009-01-01
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This important study, newly available in paperback, examines the activities, adventures, publications, and influence of the most venomous critics of the late Bourbon monarchy. These were the French exile libellistes who flocked to London to publish scandalous or sexually salacious pamphlets in the hope of extorting lavish suppression fees. These smut-mongering pamphleteers have become prominent figures in the recent historiography of the French revolution, with many historians contending that their desacralizing and frequently pornographic publications sapped the foundations of the monarchy. Simon Burrows here offers a comprehensive refutation of this interpretation and re-contextualizes Grub Street pamphleteers within the political life of the ancien rgime. In the course of his dissection of the libellistes life histories, social networks, business activities, literary output, political affiliations and blackmail negotiations, he demonstrates that their attacks on living monarchs and their consorts (most notably Marie-Antoinette) were in fact almost unobtainable prior to 1789. He concludes that the libellistes primary importance lies in their contribution to factional politics and in the public disquiet aroused by desperate and heavy-handed attempts to kidnap or silence them. This revealing book is essential reading for students of eighteenth-century political culture and the French revolution. -- .
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List of illustrations List of tables Acknowledgements Abbreviations Notes on conventions, translations and terminology Prologue Introduction Chapter 1: Londons French libellistes Chapter 2: Peddling libelles Chapter 3: The policing and politics of libelles, 1758-1778 Chapter 4: The policing and politics of libelles, 1778-1792 Chapter 5: The scandalous history of Marie-Antoinette Chapter 6: The corpus of blackmail libelles, 1758-1789 Chapter 7: Discourses of despotism and freedom Conclusion Appendix: The secret dpt in the Bastille Sources -- .