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16 August 2015


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Trevor Blake

By happy coincidence, my episode on the French revolution (script written one year ago!) overlaps with the Revolutions Podcast episodes on the French revolution.

"Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen from the Constitution of Year I.” A Man of Letters. Episode 1533.


Mark Wallace (mwallace142)

Hi Mike, quick question. I think I remember you mentioned previously that the Directory had set up the constitution so that 2/3rds of members of the House of Commons had to be from the National Convention. That the point of this was to stop conservatives getting too much power and unwinding the whole revolution.

I might be way off.

So how did the Royalists keep getting the non-juring priest bills passed (Twice I think, the second time was even passed by the House of Ancients!)? I would have though the 2/3rds of National Convention members would have blocked this. Since this was a big factor in triggering the coup by the Directory, how did their original plan go so wrong?

Anyway, thanks for this great series. I have been a long-time listener joining you about episode 20 of History of ROme (which I have listed through three separate times). You have helped me out during some difficult times, taking me to another place and time when I needed it most. Thank you so much.

Mark Wallace

Adam Lewis

Hi Mike remember I'd like to donate an original Decrets de la convention nationale document for fundraising. I sent an e-mail with the subject Decrets de la convention nationale document.

Adam Lewis


Mark, if I have understood the situation correctly, the coup of Fructidor occurred after the second election to the Council of Five Hundred. 1/3 of the delegates were elected in 1795 and another 1/3 in 1796. That means that 2/3 of the old National Convention delegates had been replaced by the time of the coup.


"army marched south, entered Rome, and occupied the Eternal City".

Ah, this makes me all nostalgic for the last days of The History of Rome...


An beheaded syrian scholar refused to lead isis to hidden Palmyra antiquities - RIP Kaleed al-Asaad


James Dixon

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