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Carnival in Romans: Mayhem and Massacre in a French City by  Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie - Paperback - 2003 - from Fireside Bookshop and

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Carnival in Romans: Mayhem and Massacre in a French City

by Ladurie, Emmanuel Le Roy

Condition: Very Good/No d/j as Published

London, United Kingdom: Phoenix, 2003. The city of Romans, in what was once the province of Dauphine in southern France, was the scene each year of a colourful and animated Mardi gras carnival. In 1580, the winter festivities were especially lively; they degenerated into a bloody ambush. While costumed craftsmen and peasants mimed and danced their uprising in the streets, and notables and bourgeoisie hurried from banquets to balls in their ostentatious finery, Jean Serve-Paumier, master craftsman, draper, and leader of the popular party was assassinated and his friends and supporters beaten and pursued by the hired mob of Judge Antoine Guerin, leader of the most reactionary and inflexible part of the ruling party. More than a cruel incident, this particular Carnival night marked the intersection of an urban movement and even larger rural stirrings. Perhaps it even presaged the Revolution of 1789. Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie marshals a wealth of evidence and reveals the town of Romans as a microcosm of the political and religious antagonisms that were tearing through 16th-century France. First published in 1979. 434pp. . Paperback. Very Good/No d/j as Published. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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  "Although it's on a somewhat different subject, having taken place in the eye of the storm as far as the Wars of Religion go, it gives one a good idea of what those wars must have been like for the common people."


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