Hello Revolutionaries! I do understand that there are many of you who are very angry with the way things are right now. Many of you are hungry, and many of you are angry. But, I beg of you, don’t do anything rash just yet! I need to know that you fully understand your situation, that you aren’t going to rush into something you’ll regret later. If your anger is justified, then I will indeed let you proceed with whatever activity it is that you need to complete in order to rectify the situation. In conversation with Louis this morning, I was able to convince him to receive your letters (or podcasts – Louis just bought an iPod this past week and is very keen to use it) to which he will respond. In your correspondence, please indicate to him very clearly why you are not in support of his power and authority and how this has indeed had an adverse impact on your life. Just to ensure that you justify yourselves properly and to for the King to bestow upon your work the attention it deserves, please make mention of:
- his authority to rule by Divine Right
- the absolute monarchy
- his control of the parlements
- the Three Estates and where exactly you fit into that structure
- the public perception of the King
Please find some images to support your case. Louis does like a good picture and the inclusion of a few well placed cartoons or paintings that illustrate your points will be most pleasing to him.
Fear not, I shall be requiring that the King respond to you with a great degree of thoroughness too. Louis XVI, with the aid of his wife, Marie Antoinette and one of her close friends and confidants, will have to make sure he addresses similar points. He will have to justify his rule to you with mention of:
- his right to rule
- what he has done to aid the perception of himself in public
- the Three Estates, his position in relation to it, and why it is a good way for French society to be structured
- absolutism, a bit about its history, and why it should be maintained
- the parlements and his relationship with them
- anything else he thinks will support his case
Louis XVI is also encouraged to illustrate his correspondence with carefully chosen poignant images. A picture is worth a thousand words you know. Well, a properly chosen one is anyway.
Also, for all of you, there are a few resources in the Diigo group that I have recently bookmarked that will be very handy. Don’t forget that I have got a few good textbooks too that have some short sharp and shiny explanations that might just be what you need to help you along.
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Resources of note:
Guillotine – Execution by Decapitation (Video) (maybe not necessarily directly relevant, but thought you might be interested)
Yes, that is the end of the list! These are only starting points…