I made rather an extensive study of the French revolution (I even have a certification with distinction from the University of Melbourne in the matter). This is one of the little-known sides of the story that we miss out in our world history courses.

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It is our delight to welcome Lona Manning, author of A Contrary Wind, a variation on Mansfield Park. Lona’s extensive research on the French Revolution is for our benefit today. 

Did you ever read The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy? It’s a romantic and thrilling classic about the French Revolution. I’d like to share some of my research about the real lives of the refugees from that time.

Leslie Howard as the Scarlet Pimpernel, in disguise as a tricoteuse, watching the victims being brought to the guillotine. From the 1934 movie.

Between 1789 and 1794, thousands of Frenchmen and women left their native country when their lives were threatened by the turmoil of the French Revolution. Many of these refugees, known as émigrés, fled to England. Of course, France had been England’s traditional enemy for hundreds of years, despite the growing commercial ties between them. At best, France…

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