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Edmund Burke Essay

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  • on February 19, 2012
  • Category: History
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William Ottenjohn
The Portable Edmund Burke

Edmund burke was a quintessential forerunner of the revolution.   All though he was only a forerunner in thought he helped to set the stage for how the rest of Europe would view the French revolution.   Burke did not initially condemn the French Revolution.   In many of his letters he wrote how England was gazing with astonishment at a French struggle for Liberty and not knowing whether it would be for the better of the content of if it would be disastrous for everyone involved. Then events on 5–6 October 1789, in which a mob of Parisian women marched on Versailles and took King Louis XVI turn to Paris, turned Burke against the entire movement because it became to radical.   This lead to him giving jabs towards the revolution every time he got chance to speak out about it.   The Revolution was made to preserve our indisputable laws and liberties, and that constitution of government, which is our only security for law and liberty but in stead it found its self tearing it self apart. One of his most famous passages was his description of the events of 5–6 October 1789 and Marie Antoinette's part in them. Burke's account differs little from modern historians who have used primary sources.   His use of flowery language to describe it, however, provoked both praise and criticism. Philip Francis wrote to Burke saying that what he writing of Marie Antoinette was "pure foppery". Edward Gibbon however reacted differently: "I adore his chivalry".   An Englishman who had talked with the Duchesse de Biron informed Burke that when Marie Antoinette was reading the passage she burst into tears and took considerable time to finish reading it.   Price had rejoiced that the French king had been "led in triumph" during the October Days but to Burke this symbolized the opposing revolutionary sentiment of the Jacobins and the natural sentiments of those like himself who regarded the ungallant assault on Marie Antoinette with horror, as a...

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