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Marriage and RevolutionMonsieur and Madame Roland$
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Siân Reynolds

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560424

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560424.001.0001

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January–November 1793

January–November 1793

Marie-Jeanne in Love

(p.259) 25 January–November 1793
Marriage and Revolution

Siân Reynolds

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the love affair responsible for the breakdown of the Roland marriage. In late 1792, Marie-Jeanne Roland falls in love with a Girondin deputy and he with her. His identity is known only to a handful of intimates during the principals’ lifetime, and remains secret until the discovery of letters in the nineteenth century: François-Nicolas-Léonard Buzot, six years her junior. The affair is never consummated, but Mme Roland confesses to her husband. Fallout from the attachment on both Roland and old friends is discussed. Mme Roland plans to return to the Beaujolais with her daughter in May.

Keywords:   Buzot, love affair, confession, Beaujolais, Marie-Jeanne Roland

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