“The Girondins too were frightened… The appearance of sans-culottes scared them into taking a path that was to lead to conservatism.” – Georges Lefebvre

As the nation faced a multitude of threats, a particular cohort of Parisians emerged as a powerful revolutionary force. This episode introduces the famous Sans-culottes of the French Revolution. Just who were the sans-culottes? What was their agenda? How did the political factions respond to their radical demands? This episode answers all these questions and explores some contentious historical debates. 

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Episode Extra

In this Episode Extra, we will examine the escape of Louis’ aunts from Paris. The poor ladies had a bit of an ordeal on their “regular pilgrimage”.

Images of Culottes and Sans-Culottes

A group of sans-culottes (all wearing trousers).
An illustration of an ideal sans-culotte.
Fashionable men wearing knee breeches.

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