Redefining Revolutionary Liberty: The Rhetoric of Religious Revival during the French Revolution

@article{Desan1988RedefiningRL,
  title={Redefining Revolutionary Liberty: The Rhetoric of Religious Revival during the French Revolution},
  author={Suzanne Desan},
  journal={The Journal of Modern History},
  year={1988},
  volume={60},
  pages={2 - 27}
}
  • S. Desan
  • Published 1 March 1988
  • History, Political Science
  • The Journal of Modern History
In December 1794, in the midst of the French Revolution, the town officers of St. Bris in Burgundy tried to enforce a departmental decree closing the village church. The Catholic villagers responded by gathering en masse before the church doors and demanding the right to assemble peacefully to pray to the "Supreme Being." When the mayor locked the church, he returned the next day to find the doors removed. A second attempt also failed; the villagers pried off the locks, entered, and began to… 
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