*Rococo Revisited
Mémoires sur la Bastille :  Memoires of the Bastille, and the detention of Mr. Linguet 
Simon-Nicholas Henri Linguet (14 July 1736 – 27 June 1794), 1736-1794
Linguet dared tell all, and his Memoir of the Bastille contributed more than a little to the destruction of this fortress. He wrote it in 1782, only seven years before the first days of the revolution. Already signs warned of the storm; already a crowd of readers welcomed, with a greedy curiosity, reproaches, accusations and even outrages heaped upon authority. The true facts which Linguet’s Memoir contains strengthened enlightened spirits in the desire to obtain from the powers-that-be themselves, concessions now necessary to the people’s happiness: the declamations and the calumnies which this Memoir contains provoked the most audacious enterprises from men who were only too ready to destroy rather than reform. Linguet, by the fears he spread, the wishes he expressed, the works which his own inspired, accustomed people to the idea of overthrowing the Bastille. It was already conquered and destroyed in public opinion when the 14th of July arrived. (Barrière, co-editor of one French edition of Mémoires de Linguet Sur la Bastille, x-xi)

French Revolution Pamphlets, 1779-1815

Mémoires sur la Bastille :  Memoires of the Bastille, and the detention of Mr. Linguet 

Simon-Nicholas Henri Linguet (14 July 1736 – 27 June 1794), 1736-1794

Linguet dared tell all, and his Memoir of the Bastille contributed more than a little to the destruction of this fortress. He wrote it in 1782, only seven years before the first days of the revolution. Already signs warned of the storm; already a crowd of readers welcomed, with a greedy curiosity, reproaches, accusations and even outrages heaped upon authority. The true facts which Linguet’s Memoir contains strengthened enlightened spirits in the desire to obtain from the powers-that-be themselves, concessions now necessary to the people’s happiness: the declamations and the calumnies which this Memoir contains provoked the most audacious enterprises from men who were only too ready to destroy rather than reform. Linguet, by the fears he spread, the wishes he expressed, the works which his own inspired, accustomed people to the idea of overthrowing the Bastille. It was already conquered and destroyed in public opinion when the 14th of July arrived. (Barrière, co-editor of one French edition of Mémoires de Linguet Sur la Bastille, x-xi)

French Revolution Pamphlets, 1779-1815

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