On August 10, 1792, Louis XVI of France abandoned his Paris chateau, walked across the Tuileries gardens, and surrendered his crown. In the tumultuous months that followed, he was tried, found guilty, and sent to the guillotine. When originally published, David Jordan's riveting account of that turbulent time identified key issues, focused attention on a matter once considered only an episode of French history, and reframed the academic debate on the meaning of the most significant trial in French history. His new preface considers the scholarship of the past twenty-five years and places The King's Trial in the current context.
David P. Jordan is the LAS Distinguished Professor of French History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of Transforming Paris: The Life and Labors of Baron Haussmann (1995), The Revolutionary Career of Maximilien Robespierre (1985), and Gibbon and His Roman Empire (1971).
Preface to the Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition Preface to the 1979 Edition Acknowledgments Prologue: The King's Longest Night I. The Question of the King II. The End of the Monarchy III. The King Can Do No Wrong IV. The Man of the Temple V. The Accusation VI. A Lawyer for the King VII. The King's Defense VIII. The King and Desperate Men IX. The First Two Votes X. The Vote on Death XI. The King Must Die XII. The March to the Scaffold XIII. The Memory of a King Epilogue Appendix: The Third Appel Nominal A General Note on Sources and Authorities Index