A Place of Greater Safety

by Hilary Mantel

It is 1789, and three young provincials have come to Paris to make theirway.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 749 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.94 out of 5
  • Published November 14th 2006 by Picador
  • Original Title: A Place of Greater Safety
  • ISBN: 0312426399 (ISBN13: 9780312426392)
  • Edition Language: English
  • URL: Go To Website
  • Characters: Marie Antoinette
  • Jean Paul Marat
  • Maximilien Robespierre
  • Louis XVI of France
  • Gilbert du Motier
  • Marquis de Lafayette...more
  • Honoré Gabriel Riqueti
  • comte de Mirabeau
  • Louis Antoine de Saint-Just
  • Antoine Barnave
  • Madame Roland
  • Camille Desmoulins
  • Georges-Jaques Danton
  • Fabre d'Englatine
  • Jacques René Hébert
  • Anne Théroigne
  • Lucile Duplessis
  • Louis Philippe II
  • Duke of Orléans...less
  • Literary Awards: Sunday Express Book of the Year (1992)

It is 1789, and three young provincials have come to Paris to make their way. Georges-Jacques Danton, an ambitious young lawyer, is energetic, pragmatic, debt-ridden–and hugely but erotically ugly. Maximilien Robespierre, also a lawyer, is slight, diligent, and terrified of violence. His dearest friend, Camille Desmoulins, is a conspirator and pamphleteer of genius. A charming gadfly, erratic and untrustworthy, bisexual and beautiful, Camille is obsessed by one woman and engaged to marry another, her daughter. In the swells of revolution, they each taste the addictive delights of power, and the price that must be paid for it.