Memoirs of the Bastille

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Chez Jim, Sep 1, 2005 - France - 187 pages
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"Linguet, a popular journalist, was put in the Bastille for twenty months, a few years before the French Revolution. The moment he got out, he rushed off to England and published this account of his imprisonment in Annales politiques, civiles et littéraires du dix-huitième siècle, his own periodical. It was an instant sensation. Simon Schama, author of Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution, calls it "by far the greatest and deservedly the most popular of all the anti-Bastille books." This new edition of an eighteenth century English translation includes numerous notes from other ex-prisoners (including La Porte, Latude, de Staal, Renneville, Dumouriez, Morellet, and Bucquoy), several appendices and two annotated views of the Bastille, as well as other illustrations."--Publisher description.
  

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Contents

Part 1
1
My Return to England a Measure of Necessity
7
My confinement had no Just Motive
16
NB The Reader is requested not to proceed to the nets till after read and if possible passed a little upon the text
37
PART II SECTION III
53
Secrecy of imprisonment
57
Ignorance of the outside world
61
Prisoners incommunicado
63
The closet
90
More on secret custody
92
Illness
94
Mass confession and death
99
Hope mocked
101
Denied a will
103
Types of prisoners
105
Special treatment
107

Arrival at the Bastille
65
Cells
66
Inadequate heat
67
Furniture and decoration
69
Isolation of prisoners
72
suicide and shaving
76
Turnkeys
79
Lack of diversion
80
Rates and revenues
82
Fear of poisoning
84
Tours for visitors
87
Limits on exercise
88
Chained figures on the clock
89
In the name of the King
110
NOTES
113
APPENDIX A INTAKE AND EXIT FORMS Standard Entry form Standard Exitor Liberty Form order countersigned by on the date Of
145
APPENDIX B THE L AYOUT OF THE BASTILLE
146
APPENDIX C FOOD IN THE BASTILLE
151
APPENDIX D PELLISERIS LETTER TO MAJOR LOSMES
157
Bibliography
161
Accounts of the Bastille included in memoirs
162
Other sources on the Bastille
163
LINGUET
164
SOURCES ON 17TH AND 18TH CENTURY FRANCE
165
REFERENCE
166
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