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The Return of the Emigrés: Bordeaux, 12 March 1814

  • Philip Mansel
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Part of the War, Culture and Society, 1750 –1850 book series (WCS)

Abstract

The welcome received by the Duc d’Angoulême and his followers in Bordeaux on 12 March 1814, following the entry of British troops, was a sign that returning émigrés could be popular in France. Although Angoulême had left France on 17 July 1789, he accepted post-revolutionary society and promised no more conscription, lower taxes and peace. The prince’s entry in Bordeaux was the result of a long planned Bordelais-Bourbon-British conspiracy. It was a rare success for the government in exile of Louis XVIII, and a sign of the independence of provincial cities, and the flexibility of French nationalism. The importance of events in Bordeaux in 1814 was confirmed by Louis XVIII’s decision in 1820 to give the newly born heir to his throne the novel title of Duc de Bordeaux.

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  • Philip Mansel
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  1. 1.Society for Court StudiesLondonUK

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