You’ve heard of fake news. What about fake art? April the 12th is the anniversary of the Dom Gerle Affair. In the heat of the religious debates on 1790, the revolutionary monk Dom Gerle proposed that the Assembly declare Catholicism the sole religion of the state. The proposal was incredibly divisive, and deadly riots resulted
As religious divisions threaten the peace, the Assembly makes an enemy of France’s warrior class through the Abolition of Nobility in June 1790. Mirabeau, seeking to save the revolution from its increasing radicalism, enters into secret dealings with the court. Were his actions justified?
The Catholic Church becomes the revolution’s most tenacious and ferocious foe. The Civil Constitution of the Clergy forces the nation to choose between revolution and religion. Was this conflict inevitable, or did the revolutionaries simply make a terrible mistake?
While debate raged about the revolution’s ideas, the people found ways to celebrate them. Throughout 1789 and 1790, a whole series of new traditions, customs and artefacts were created to celebrate the revolution and unite the nation in a popular cause. Check out the Episode Guide here.
Listening to Episode 18 “A Popular Revolution”? Check out this collection of federations, ceremonies, Phrygian caps and liberty trees.