What are the best books set in the French Revolution?

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    #1Les Misérables

    Les Misérables
    Les Misérables is a French historical tale by Victor Hugo, which was published first in 1862. This novel follows the lives of several characters, especially that of Jean Valjean during the June Rebellion in Paris. 
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    Nathan Chen
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This book goes over the accounts of multiple people who happen to be involved in the June Rebellion in Paris. This is considered one the best novels of the 19th century. Very important area of literature. "
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    #2Marie Antoinette: The Journey

    Marie Antoinette: The Journey

    Marie Antoinette: The Journey is a biography book written by Antonia Fraser that aims to clear the air over the controversies regarding one of the most iconic royalties in history. It was written in November 2002.

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    Benito Galicia
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "History always leaves behind a lesson in the form of past people's life experiences for us to learn and not commit the same mistakes those people did. Often times those people used their most common sense and logic to be sensible, reasonable and rational in their judgments. However, there are some whose life lessons are considered to be a subject of mockery or ridicule. And France's queen Marie Antoinette is definitely of those who are often misunderstood and misinterpreted. This book by Antonia Fraser opened me to new set of perspectives to see Marie's life and her struggles from naive childhood to the privileged thrones. It shows how she had to go through and adjust herself to bring the best of her for the people around and convey it to the history."
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    #3Revolution

    Revolution
    Revolution is a thrilling young adult novel written by Kayla Bruner. It is a story about the vampire Avery, who has been living in a vampire-only world until she found a pregnant human hiding in her basement.
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    Lilia Valadez
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I just wanted a books set during French Revolution, but all I got was another young adult vampire novel? Maybe the book is good, but I'm just not interested. "
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    #4A Tale of Two Cities

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities is set in the late 18th century during the French Revolution. While political events drive the story, Dickens takes a decidedly antipolitical tone, lambasting both aristocratic tyranny and revolutionary excess.

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    Christina Olson
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "One of the best books set in the French Revolution would have to be A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. It is set in the late 18th century during the French Revolution and while it does have to do with politics, the tone is not necessarily politically driven. I thought the story was interesting and a good read. "
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    #5The Scarlet Pimpernel

    The Scarlet Pimpernel

    The Scarlet Pimpernel is the first book in the historical series The Scarlet Pimpernel written by Emmuska Orczy which centers on a man who defies the French revolutionaries to rescue innocent people from famine. 

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    Michael Kong
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "A great read to take you back in time!"
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    #6Scaramouche

    Scaramouche
    Scaramouche is the first book in the historical series Scaramouche written by Rafael Sabatini which centers on former lawyer André-Louis Moreau who becomes a Scaramouche after his friend became a member of the aristocracy.
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    Susan Powell
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Highly interesting book in the genre of historical fiction. If you're interested in the French Revolution, this book is for you."
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    #7The Knight of Maison-Rouge (The Marie Antoinette Romances)

    The Knight of Maison-Rouge (The Marie Antoinette Romances)
    The Knight of Maison-Rouge is an exhilarating tale of selflessness, love, and honor under the shadow of the guillotine. Dumas here is at the very height of his powers, and with this first and only modern translation, readers can once again ride with the Knight of Maison-Rouge.
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    Barbara Stanley
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This book left me with something more to be desired. It had a very typical and unenthused plot that I couldn't even finish this book. It was like dragging my eyes across concrete to get through what I did. The issue may have been the translation of this book but either way this is one of Dumas' novels that I would pass on. "
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    #8City of Darkness, City of Light

    City of Darkness, City of Light

    City of Darkness, City of Light is a historical fiction book written by Marge Piercy which centers on Danton and Robespierre, along with actress Claire Lacombe and chocolate maker Pauline Léon.

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    Johnny Hanson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I would recommend this book to readers interested in the pressing roles women played during the French Revolution. I love Piercy's rating style and she is able to paint the French Revolution in a realistic manner. People interested in historical events would definitely enjoy this book."
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    #9Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman

    Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman
    Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman is a classic biography written by Stefan Zweig. This book is translated by M. Eden Paul and Cedar Paul. First published in 1932, this book is published in 2002 by Grove Press.
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    Stephen Morrison
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is a brilliant biographical novel of the life of Marie Antoinette, and the events leading up to the revolution. I wish more writers handled the topic as well as Stefan Zweig did. Definitely worth a read!"
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    #10Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution

    Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution

    Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution by Michelle Moran is a historical fiction about the European history. This book was published in 2011 which shows the importance of love and friendship in times of war.

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    Robert Hicks
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Madame Tussaud is a perfectly fine book, all things considered. The characters are predictable, but likable and comfortably familiar. The way the famous sculptor dealt with living through the French revolution was something that really hit a nerve with me at times, as she seeks out the same comforts I would have in her position. The story won't set your pants on fire, but it will keep you turning pages until the end."

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Best What are the best books set in the French Revolution
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Les MisérablesBooks 31 Paid
2Marie Antoinette: The JourneyBooks 28 Paid
3RevolutionBooks 27 Paid
4A Tale of Two CitiesBooks 27 Paid
5The Scarlet PimpernelBooks 24 Paid
6ScaramoucheBooks 24 Paid
7The Knight of Maison-Rouge (The Marie Antoinette Romances)Books 22 Paid
8City of Darkness, City of LightBooks 21 Paid
9Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average WomanBooks 15 Paid
10Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French RevolutionBooks 1 Paid
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