The Days of the French Revolution by Christopher Hibbert is another excellent tome on the bloody Reign of Terror of the French Revolution.
The book is meticulously researched and, although the author describes it as a “readable introduction” to other historians’ works to which he is indebted, the book contains a fountain of information and should also be helpful to students on the subject and other aficionados on the French Revolution.
The book has an excellent index (done by the author’s wife) and excellent appendices both for the glossary of terms (Appendix I) and on “the fate of characters where end is not recorded in the text” (Appendix II). After having read a number of tomes on the French Revolution, it was only after consulting Appendix II in this book that I, for example, found out the fate of Charles Barbaroux, one of the last great Girondins. It was a great disappointment to at last discover that after having evaded his Jacobin tormentors for exactly one year, he too fell to the blade of the Guillotine, only one month before Robespierre himself, the man most responsible for the Reign of Terror, would fall on 9 Thermidor.
This is another volume of the French Revolution worthy of shelf space in your library and worth careful reading. You may want to check my reviews on other books on this subject under my heading here at Amazon.com.
Reviewed by Dr. Miguel Faria
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D., Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Sentinel of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) and author of Vandals at the Gates of Medicine (1995) and Medical Warrior: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine (1997).
This book review was originally published on Amazon.com on March 27, 2001.