montagnarde1793: (I did it for the lulz)

M. Cottret claims (Tuer le tyran ? p. 344) that Robespierre was out sick on the day of Saint-Just's first speech calling for Louis Capet's execution, but she doesn't give a source. (It's possible that it also comes from Vinot, since she cites him a few lines previously, but it's hard to tell.) Does anyone know what the source might be?

Because if it's true - and I doubt M. Cottret would say so if she at least didn't have good reason to believe it - then that rather puts a damper on all those awful, cliché scenes in fiction where Robespierre is either putting him up to it or suddenly inspired to turn into an evil fanatic while hearing the speech. And anything that would prove the logical impossibility of such scenes, would make my evening.

montagnarde1793: (OMSBWTF?)

...Seeing how I've been shamefully neglecting LJ these last few weeks, I thought I would just pop in for a moment to reassure everyone that I am indeed alive, as well as to apologize for not replying to people's posts. I have been extremely busy, as you might guess, and I have something of a one-track mind when I have an exam or a presentation or a paper due. So I do hope you'll excuse me. And I'm afraid I'm not out of the woods yet either, as I have a Latin test tomorrow for which I need to know large swathes of De divinatione and Pro lege manilia, as well as several of Cicero's letters. Not to mention grammar. >__>

But anyway, now for your random (or possibly not so random) fact for the day: 216 years ago Saint-Just gave his "rapport sur la police générale". I'm not sure why I wrote that on my calendar, but I'm sure I must have had a good reason... If I were less busy I would quote from it or something, but I really shouldn't considering. Again: >__>

Also, what post would be complete without at least a mini-rant? Have you ever read a (history) book in which you can't (for the most part anyway) fault the author on facts or even really interpretations, but where in the author's attitude is really annoying? The background text for my history class this semester is a bit like that. (Though there is one thing he asserts - without actually ever attempting to prove it - that really annoys me, which is that he seems convinced that capitalism existed in the Middle Ages just because there were merchants.)

For example:

"However much modern democratic sensibilities are offended by restriction of the franchise, that does not always translate into bad government." -- Nicolas, Urban Europe, 111. (This is followed by a defense of pre-modern oligarchical municipalities.)

I mean, seriously: No, this does not "offend" my democratic "sensibilities" this outrages my democratic principles, you pretentious reactionary.... Ugh. I think maybe I should quit while I'm ahead.

montagnarde1793: (Maxime enfant)

Sorry for the semi-absence. I've been a bit on the busy side. Still, I'm back at school now and have not forgotten my obligations. :D Which is to say, article-translating is still on, though it will probably take longer than it would have over the summer.

And I am still working on your (now unfortunately rather late) birthday fic, . I'm just trying to work out the political context - you and I will both be happier with it if it has some political context - which means at this point that I'm trying to work in a short discussion of the federalist revolts, since they are referenced in That Song. I'm thinking the time-frame should be sometime in August-September 1793. Do you have any thoughts on this?

Among the other things I did not forget are Saint-Just's 242nd birthday on the 25th and David's 261st on the 30th. Let it be recorded that I wish both of their memories as well as ever.

So. Classes. I'm taking Roman History, History of Ancient India, Latin 201: The Aeneid, and French Lit from the Middle Ages to the Revolution (or more precisely from la Chanson de Roland to le Mariage de Figaro, which means we don't really make it to the Revolution).

Having been to one of each (they're all on the same days), here are my notes:

I'm really not sure what to make of my Roman History prof. This was her first day teaching here and she seemed like she was on the verge of tears several times during the lecture. Which I can relate to. What I can't relate to is what seems to be her strange affinity for dictators. She spent the introductory lecture fawning over Octavianus (I refuse to call him Augustus), which, while far from laudable, is also far from uncommon among classicists of a certain stripe. It was when she started speaking of Mussolini in rather similar terms that I began to get freaked out. I really hope I'm imagining things, or this could turn out to be an, er, interesting semester.

On the other hand, I have no complaints about the Indian History prof. The class was highly recommended to me and it seems not without reason. The prof's first lecture was informative and interesting and he let us know from the first things like where the emphasis of the course is going to be (he's more a historian of culture/religion/philosophy than economics). And once I've taken this course, my non-Western history requirement will be out of the way.

My Latin class is definitely going to be my hardest this year. I know already I'm going to have problems with the meter... And well, let's just leave it at that for now. No complaints about this professor either. So far, anyway.

The French lit class was and will likely continue to be pretty basic. But I promised the professor I would take it and I haven't read all the books on the syllabus, so I might as well. One potentially good point: When the prof asked us what periods/historical figures/currents/etc. we liked most in the period 800-1800, another girl said the Revolution. I must try to find out her perspective... Oddly, the class was all girls. Which is especially bizarre when you consider our gender ratio is supposed to be perfectly even. Oh well. Another unfortunate point is that several people expressed fondness for the monarchy. What is that?

Anyway, off to eat tarts with the rest of the Maison francophone. I'm sure Maxime would approve.

montagnarde1793: (I did it for the lulz)

...To note the awesomeness of this. For those of you who can't read French, they're installing a monumental bronze copy of David d'Angers's bust of Saint-Just at the Hôtel de Ville of Blérancourt. :D

Because this post is so short, I'm afraid I'm going to have to inflict another scene from "Brutus et Cassius" on you. >.>


Act II Scene I )
montagnarde1793: (fraternite)

(Since I have freshman orientation tomorrow morning.) But, before it's too late, I wanted to say:


(And have a little tricolor drawing of him. Which is not at all Symbolic. *nods*)

montagnarde1793: (Maxime 250)

I may be able to do more translating/writing/art/etc. around here now, since I've finished my last major exam as of yesterday. (It was Art History, by the way, and it wouldn't have been so bad if one of the major essay questions hadn't been on art after 1960. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to find anything to write about for that one, but I managed to scrape something together. >__>) Then again, I still have projects and other things, so it might be another month or so yet. :/

In other news, has anyone encountered this site? It seems to be fairly new... And it has, among other things, a rather impressive bibliography of works on Saint-Just.


Monday, 19 February 2007 18:08
montagnarde1793: (sans-culottes)
....Or the return of the post with some form of original artistic content. >___< 

Also, do note the new lay-out. I still don't know if I really like it or not. My, but I'm indecisive today. -__-;

All other promised art will be forthcoming, I swear! (This includes the second installment of "Five Things that Never Happened to Eléonore Duplay," of course, despite the fact that my first attempt at writing it proved horribly emo indeed, and various allegorical artworks.) 

....Forgive me for any incoherence in the past lines, though, regrettably, I haven't the least excuse.
montagnarde1793: (Saint-Just)
Includes: art, history, politics, music, and....bad news in just about every category but the first. 

montagnarde1793: (Saint-Just)


Tuesday, 20 June 2006 14:33
montagnarde1793: (Maxime/Saint-Just)
All of you really need to read Le Chevalier de Saint-Just, if only for passages like this:

—Ainsi, vous vous appelez Louis Léon Antoine Florelle… Vous voyez, je me souviens. Et moi Maximilien Marie Isidore. Mais mes proches m’appellent Maximilien. Et vous, quel est celui de vos prénoms que vous préférez ?

Saint-Just parut un peu décontenancé.

—Que vous dire… Mes parents m’appellent Antoine, mais moi je préfère Léon.

—Et moi, Florelle. Voilà un prénom charmant, et peu ordinaire ! N’évoque-t-il pas Flore, la déesse des fleurs ? L’épanouissement des qualités physiques et spirituelles de l’homme ? Comme il vous va bien ! Vous permettez que je vous appelle Florelle ?

Saint-Just, maîtrisant sa confusion, répondit simplement :

—Avec plaisir. Ce qui vous plaît ne peut me déplaire.

montagnarde1793: (Maxime/Saint-Just)
... )
Above (because LJ is being annoying), are the caps.
montagnarde1793: (Saint-Just)
I couldn't find the original pictures of me as Saint-Just, so I took new ones. I'm sorry to report that the others were even blurrier than these, and thusly, will not be shown. I also regret to inform you all that I look nothing like Saint-Just... When the 18th century dress is finished I will show you that I actually do look somewhat like Eléonore Duplay....and therefore nothing like Saint-Just.

(no subject)

Thursday, 20 April 2006 22:08
montagnarde1793: (Saint-Just)
As promised (sorry it took so long!) mentions of Saint-Just in Autour de Robespierre: Le Conventionnel Le Bas, or the part of it I have translated, that is:
... )

(no subject)

Saturday, 15 April 2006 01:16
montagnarde1793: (Saint-Just)
I didn't have time to translate it, but it's those sections from La Vie Privée de Robespierre which pertain to Saint-Just.

Yes, rather in a hurry, so here it is:

Saint-Just. )
montagnarde1793: (Default)
I give you, THE BIRTH OF SAINT-JUST: It's probably not what you think it is... *grins* Click the link and see!
montagnarde1793: (Maxime/Saint-Just)

My revolutionary cards came today! I got two decks: one was a reproduction of one originally created in 1793, and the other was made for the bicentennial. These are the Saint-Just and Robespierre cards for the latter. Saint-Just, because of his mission to Alsace, is representing the suit of the Republican army (des piques), while Robespierre represents the suit of the civilian Republic (des carreaux). Both in in place of the Roi card (hence the "R").


Tuesday, 14 March 2006 21:57
montagnarde1793: (Default)
I finally finished the paper I just spent the past eight hours writing.
And thus, I bring you randomness, courtesy of Saint-Just:

Okay, so I was flipping through Saint-Just's Oeuvres completes (yes, I managed to insert a quote by Saint-Just into a paper on modern Africa) and found this very short and random "letter to one of his sisters":

Lille, 20 Pluviose [8 February 1794]

My dear sister,

What you ask of me is contrary to you; it is impossible for me to accord it to you. I embrace you with all my heart.

Okay, now I'm curious. Anybody have any theories as to what Saint-Just's sister could have been asking him at that date? Naturally, we're not going to find out the answer, but there's no harm in speculating, is there?

Oh, and a dialogue also written by Saint-Just concerning Organt (which I am too tired to translate at the moment):

M. D. : Monsieur est l'auteur du poème d'Organt ?
L'Auteur : Oui.
M. D. : Vous êtes bien corrompu pour votre âge.
L'Auteur : Et bien sage, peut-être.
M. D. : Que vous ont déjà fait les hommes pour allumer chez vous ce fiel satirique ?
L'Auteur : Je voulais leur plaire.
M. D. : Pourquoi ces malignes allusions ?
L'Auteur : J'ai travaillé d'après des hommes, tant mieux si j'ai attrapé la ressemblance.
M. D.: Vous sapez les rois !
L'Auteur : J'aime les rois, je hais les tyrans.
M. D. : Vous foulez aux pieds les établissements les plus sacrés !
L'Auteur : Ces établissements sont déchus, ils ne sont plus sacrés mais vils.
M. D. : Votre Charlemagne est le roi; votre Cunégonde est la reine.
L'Auteur : C'est vous qui l'avez dit.
M. D. : Votre singe Étienne Péronne est le chevalier Dubois.
L'Auteur : Respectez mon singe.
M. D. : Votre Pépin est le comte d'A... Il acheta, il y a quelques années, un cheval 1 700 louis. Ce cheval s'appelait Pépin et...
L'Auteur : Que Pépin s'appelle cheval !
M. D. : Vous avez honni les états généraux. Ne craignez-vous pas ?...
L'Auteur : Je ne crains rien de rien.
M. D. : Quelle horrible impiété règne dans votre livre !
L'Auteur : Priez pour moi.
M. D. : Quel portrait d'une reine !
L'Auteur : Quel original !
M. D. : Quelle diatribe contre le Parlement, le théâtre, et l'Académie !
L'Auteur : Quelle diatribe contre le bon sens que ces trois corps !
M. D. : Quelle peinture horrible de ?... et de la Trinité.
L'Auteur : Vous riez !
M. D. : Ne craignez-vous pas maître Antoine, dont vous avez honni le cochon et le cochon n'est-il point maître Antoine ?
L'Auteur : Apparemment.
M. D. : On vous rôtira.
L'Auteur : Je m'en fous.

It always cracks me up for some reason.
montagnarde1793: (Default)

Saint-Just. Because I can.
Really, though, I'm quite proud of this drawing, since it a) took me forever to create, and b) managed not to suck quite so much as my other drawings.

That's really it.

Ange de Mort

Sunday, 4 December 2005 11:54
montagnarde1793: (Default)
Yes, well. Here I am again. I don't know why I keep doing it, but:

This egg hatches on January 7, 2006! Adopt one today!

I am officially ashamed.

In other news, I have dropped Living Skills, for *cough* certain teachers are EVIL.

And, I have a rant:

On Saint-Just:

I'm starting to see Saint-Just as a guy who was a bit crazy and who like Sparta a bit too much, but one who was not really "evil." He was well-meaning, and he was certainly brave--and if one is willing to look, like the other Robespierristes who went en mission (Couthon for example), he completed a very difficult task (that of getting Alsace in line with the rest of France) with almost no executions. (Compare that track record to those of Fouche, Collot d'Herbois, Carrier, and even some Dantonistes.) If his ideas were at times unworkable and naive, it's because he was young.

In short, Saint-Just was a victim of Thermidorean propaganda as much as Robespierre (and Couthon) were. Read: Saint-Just wasn't some crazy guy who burned down his boarding school and randomly sentenced people to death any more than Robespierre was a bloodless reptile or Couthon got his deformity by hiding in peat bogs chasing other men's wives, and was from then on consequentially crazy.

And if you believe either of those two things by now, we have a lot of work to do.

montagnarde1793: (Default)
Eerily true: Suzanne took the free personality test!

"Seeks an affectionate relationship, offering fulfi..."

Click here to read the rest of the results.


Don't you love words that start with "ee"?

Gloire, paix, et rage patriotique (No. I am not quoting Saint-Just. Of course not.),



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