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Tyranny annihilated, or, the Triumph of freedom over despotism [...] with the animated and patriotic speech delivered by M. Moreau de St. Merry to the patriotic party after the demolition of the Bastille

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Joseph-Marie Brossays du Perray


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William Adlard

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The work recounts the outbreak of the French Revolution and the fall of the Bastille. It claims to have been partly written by an eyewitness. The tone is celebratory: the Revolution is welcomed as a step towards the destruction of despotism. Contains two illustrations, one of the capture of the fortress and one of the release of the prisoners.

It is a hybrid work, which is at least partly derived from existing publications. At least two of these parts are translations.

'A description of the Bastille, with the infamous manner in which the wretched prisoners were treated during the time of their being immured in those infernal walls' (19-24) was derived from John Howard's Historical remarks and anecdotes (1780), a translation of Remarques historiques et anecdotes sur la château de la Bastille (1774).

The patriotic speech of Moreau de Saint Méry the day after the event (p. 29-33) is also a translation. The original speech has not yet been found. It appears to have been popular in theatrical representations of the fall of the Bastille. E.g. John Dent's piece 'The triumph of liberty or the destruction of the Bastille' in the Royal Circus. See add in the Argus n. 195 (11 October 1789). On that piece: Dale Townsend, Gothic Antiquity: History, Romance, and the Architectural Imagination, 1760-1840, p. 202. https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=4ESvDwAAQBAJ&pg=PA202&lpg=PA202&dq=the+triumph+of+liberty+or+the+destruction+of+the+bastille&source=bl&ots=KdOgIzGIPQ&sig=ACfU3U145hF6_hUOJN3LK-6k4Wzv8BAZOw&hl=nl&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiWwaz11IXmAhVAREEAHS2UBM0Q6AEwCXoECAsQBA#v=onepage&q=the%20triumph%20of%20liberty%20or%20the%20destruction%20of%20the%20bastille&f=falsehttps://books.google.co.uk/books?id=4ESvDwAAQBAJ&pg=PA202&lpg=PA202&dq=the+triumph+of+liberty+or+the+destruction+of+the+bastille&source=bl&ots=KdOgIzGIPQ&sig=ACfU3U145hF6_hUOJN3LK-6k4Wzv8BAZOw&hl=nl&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiWwaz11IXmAhVAREEAHS2UBM0Q6AEwCXoECAsQBA#v=onepage&q=the%20triumph%20of%20liberty%20or%20the%20destruction%20of%20the%20bastille&f=falsehttps://books.google.co.uk/books?id=4ESvDwAAQBAJ&pg=PA202&lpg=PA202&dq=the+triumph+of+liberty+or+the+destruction+of+the+bastille&source=bl&ots=KdOgIzGIPQ&sig=ACfU3U145hF6_hUOJN3LK-6k4Wzv8BAZOw&hl=nl&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiWwaz11IXmAhVAREEAHS2UBM0Q6AEwCXoECAsQBA#v=onepage&q=the%20triumph%20of%20liberty%20or%20the%20destruction%20of%20the%20bastille&f=falsehttps://books.google.co.uk/books?id=4ESvDwAAQBAJ&pg=PA202&lpg=PA202&dq=the+triumph+of+liberty+or+the+destruction+of+the+bastille&source=bl&ots=KdOgIzGIPQ&sig=ACfU3U145hF6_hUOJN3LK-6k4Wzv8BAZOw&hl=nl&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiWwaz11IXmAhVAREEAHS2UBM0Q6AEwCXoECAsQBA#v=onepage&q=the%20triumph%20of%20liberty%20or%20the%20destruction%20of%20the%20bastille&f=falsehttps://books.google.co.uk/books?id=4ESvDwAAQBAJ&pg=PA202&lpg=PA202&dq=the+triumph+of+liberty+or+the+destruction+of+the+bastille&source=bl&ots=KdOgIzGIPQ&sig=ACfU3U145hF6_hUOJN3LK-6k4Wzv8BAZOw&hl=nl&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiWwaz11IXmAhVAREEAHS2UBM0Q6AEwCXoECAsQBA#v=onepage&q=the%20triumph%20of%20liberty%20or%20the%20destruction%20of%20the%20bastille&f=false

Reviewed in Monthly Review, vol 81 (July-December 1789), p. 363 and in Analytical Review, vol. V, p. 227. From the latter: 'A tolerable sketch of what happened in France previous to the destruction of the Bastile, but gathered, as all such crude compilations are, from the newspapers'.