"Neat and thought-provoking."--Financial Times
Christopher Prendergast describes the storming of the decrepit Bastille fortress-prison on July 14, 1789, which symbolically marked the beginning of the French Revolution.
Brilliantly and engagingly written, he shows how the celebration of this extraordinary day, truly one that shaped the world, became part of the fabric of French national life.
Christopher Prendergast is professor emeritus at the University of Cambridge.
The storming of the decrepit Bastille fortress-prison, which symbolically and in real terms, marked the beginning of the French Revolution, took place on 14 July 1789. Bastille Day is the iconic French national holiday, yet it wasn't celebrated until nearly a century later.
Christopher Prendergast has been Professor of Modern French Literature at Cambridge.
A must-read for all history buffs. * France magazine * [I]ntelligent, unpretentious, exact and highly crafted -- Patrice Higonnet * TLS *