This important and original book addresses the nature of public opinion, the relation between rulers and ruled, and the role of popular rumours in eighteenth century France. Arlette Farge draws on chronicles, newspapers, memoirs, police records and newsheets to show that ordinary Parisians had definite opinions on what was happening in their city.
Arlette Farge is Director of Research in Modern History at the CNRS, Paris. Her previous books include Rules of Rebellion (with Jacques Revel, Polity, 1991) and Fragile Lives (Polity, 1993).
Foreword. Introduction. Part I. Journals, Newspapers and Policemen:. Scenes from Street Life:. 1. Words, Scorned and Persecuted. 2. Words Caught in Flight: Government, Information and Resistance. Part II. Speeches of Discontent:. Forms and Motifs:. 3. Mobility and Fragmentation. 4. Motifs. Part III. Speaking Against the King, or. Words from the Bastille:. 5. a Who is to Stop me Killing the King?a . 6. a Your Worthy Subjects Deserve a King who Shall. Surpass Thema , or, the Constitution of Successive. Figures of Royalty from 1744 to 1775. Conclusion. Notes. Index.