Path of the Patriots
A Tourist Guide to Paris During the French Revolution
   • The Walks    • Jan Kelley    • Order now  

Set - Vols. I and II
Price: € 44.95

Volume I
Paperback 5 x 8 in.
Pages: 668
Price: € 24.95

Volume II
Paperback 5 x 8 in.
Pages: 705
Price: € 24.95

Take a historical time trip
through the streets where it all happened, to where Parisians lived, worked, ate and drank, rose up in arms, and to where many ended their lives under the blade of the guillotine.

The two books contain ten walks
which take the reader around different neighborhoods that were instrumental in the Revolution. Each walk gives the visitor a complete experience of the atmosphere of that area during this period by pointing out the people and revolutionary events associated with it. Also included are references to contemporary architecture, and some of the more colourful residents, as well as restaurants, brasseries and cafés with a revolutionary history. Each walk is full of stories and anecdotes, as well as illustrations, maps and detailed instructions. They reveal hidden treasures that will never be found in a typical tourist guide of Paris.

Path of the Patriots is not just about the unknown.
It also takes you to many of the more famous sights of Paris, including the Louvre, the Tuileries, the Conciergerie, Nôtre-Dame, Place de la Concorde, the Pantheon, the Palais-Royal, as well as a complete walk through the town and château of Versailles. Now, however, you have a different view. The Pyramid is not just the new and elegant entrance to the Louvre. It stands on the site of a labyrinth of tiny streets where rebellious citizens rose up against the King, and where the Queen got hopelessly lost while attempting to escape.

Every walk offers a different glimpse
into the excitement, idealism, and terror that characterized this amazing period of history, be it following the path of the condemned to the guillotine along the rue Saint-Honoré with stores and cafés still standing today, or visiting the prison that held Josephine during the Terror and still has her graffiti on the walls. The storming of the Bastille comes to life before your eyes as you have a drink on a café terrace that now occupies the main courtyard of this famous prison.

For frequent visitors to Paris, this guide offers a unique way to look at the city.
It gives an extra dimension to popular sites like the Tuileries by showing what used to be there (i.e. the Tuileries Palace, demolished in 1884) and what happened there. Many do not know that this is where Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette were first held in captivity, and where Robespierre compiled his dreaded list of suspects. Even fewer know that Thomas Jefferson attended musical concerts there, and only just escaped from being the first victim of the Revolution.

Step into the Revolution that changed the world!

Path of the Patriots is a two volume goldmine of tales and anecdotes about this turbulent period in Paris's history, and it tells you where to eat and drink while reading them.

You don't need to know anything about the French Revolution to enjoy Path of the Patriots, because this historical time-trip tells you everything!

You'll see squatters in the Louvre and places of savage massacres and beheadings where Parisians now sit eating their sandwiches.

The books are so full of fascinating stories, you'll enjoy them just as much sitting at home with a glass of wine as you will when you're wandering around the beautiful French capital. You'll never look at Paris in the same way again!