12 July 2010

Revolutionary Quiz - 14 July 2010

This Wednesday is 14 July, National Holiday of France, when we commemorate the Revolution of 1789. The Quiz will take place as usual at the Green Linnet. It might be a good idea to revise the history of the Revolution for the occasion.

Ce mercredi, le 14 juillet, est bien sûr la Fête Nationale où on commémore la Révolution de 1789. Le Quiz aura lieu comme d'habitude au Green Linnet. Réviser l'histoire de la Révolution n'est pas ce que vous pourriez faire de pire.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Actually, 14th July commemorates the Fête de la Fédération of 1790, NOT the revolution a year earlier...

Mr Quiz (Páraic Maguire) said...

I was waiting for a smarty-pants to come up with that one!

Reminder:

The French National Holiday of 14 July does indeed commemorate the Fête de la Fédération of 1790. But what was that all about? It was to celebrate the end of absolute monarchy and, yes, the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille!

So if you want to say that we're really celebrating the celebration of the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, rather than celebrating the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille itself, then that's fine by me!

Anonymous said...

Just saying - in case that comes up in the quiz... ;-)

Anonymous said...

And let's be honest, freeing 7 people from a prison barely used anymore by that time was less of a milestone in revolutionary terms than the events of 20th June of the same year...

Mr Quiz (Páraic Maguire) said...

Glad to see you're doing your homework!

Anonymous said...

Actually, my father (a headmaster and French teacher) is an expert on the French revolution, so I've grown up with it...
Shame he's down south and can't come along tonight...

Mr Quiz (Páraic Maguire) said...

Do you want to give me a clue as to who you are, Mr/Ms Anonymous?

Anonymous said...

Maybe after the quiz - I'll feel rather silly if we do really poorly after all this! ;-)