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Paris History Trivia Test -- Where is Robespierre?

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Aug 24th, 2007, 10:47 AM
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Michel, my post crossed yours on the arrete meaning, I wasn't ignoring your correct comment.

Only one-quarter of the bookgroup liked this book by Englund (the History majors, of course). I was remembering wrong, he is American, but has taught in France and French history is his specialty. I thought it was a little too academic for a layperson who just wanted to know more about Napoleon and that period. I also didn't like his writing style. The Hibbert book (who is British) was much better in that regard, and I learned a lot about Napoleon's personal life and characters, as well as of course, his sisters, mother and lovers/wives. One interesting thing was how much he wrote and his writing, not just military acumen, got him noticed in the beginning.

Now someone else in the group said since I knew Paris fairly well, could I dispute what someone else told her that there was no street or place named after Thiers. I said I couldn't think of a major one, which I might know, but there were thousands of streets in Paris, so I couldn't say -- then I looked that up, and that was absolutely wrong. There is both a place and rue Thiers in the 16th (named in 1909/1910).

To contribute something useful, this is the general section on the City of Paris website where you can find the history of every street name, just type the name into the search box (it is broken for some reason, and won't work if you click on the alphabet or the actual street name, but does if you type it into the box and then open the results thread):

http://www.v1.paris.fr/fr/asp/carto/nomenclature.asp

I have been to Malmaison, and really enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. That is really a very nice little chateau, and is still decorated nicely and has some good artifacts in it.
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Aug 24th, 2007, 11:45 AM
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Christina,

Your mention of Thiers reminds me that someone in Daly City, CA had fun with late 19th century politicians. Here are the sames of streets in that town: Gambetta, Thiers, Bismark, Cavour, Moltke, Garibaldi. Whoever named those streets must have had a keen interest in European history.
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Aug 24th, 2007, 12:38 PM
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Whence and whither Robespierre?

According to Wikipedia (yeah, I know, I know), "His corpse and head both were buried in the common cemetery of Errancis (now the Place de Goubeaux), but were accidentally moved to the Catacombs of Paris."
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