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07-29-2014, 11:24 PM
So with Assassin's Creed Unity coming out in a few months, does anyone recommend any good books and / or documentaries on the French Revolution. I haven't really looked at this period of history since I studied it in high school, so I thought it might be fun to look it over before playing the game.

07-29-2014, 11:33 PM
History Channel doc follows the general outline of the events; also there is La Révolution français from the eighties which is similar in a way just a bit more dramatic when it comes to Marie Antoinette sequences. If you're looking for specific historical figures there's a thread on this forum where people suggest possible Templars in the game. The developers mentioned 'The Scarlet Pimpernel' when it comes to historical fiction - it's a story about a guy smuggling nobles out of Paris, if you're looking for something fictional just to get the general feel for the period. Also 'The Tale of two cities'.

I'd recommend to visit your local library as well and look for the book with pictures (silly as it sounds). Ubisoft is usually good with their research and looking at the period paintings/sketches might be interesting.

07-29-2014, 11:37 PM
It's not a documentary, but this guy has a good channel that compares the real history with the AC lore.


07-29-2014, 11:52 PM
Youtube has several documentaries that are pretty interesting. Here's a few that I watched:

Terror! Robespierre and the French Revolution

The French Revolution - Part 1 - English subtitles (La Révolution française - Les Années Lumières)

The French Revolution - Documentary (History Channel)

07-29-2014, 11:53 PM
^ Thanks for those links. Will watch later :)

07-30-2014, 12:29 AM
Not a historical document, but a good work of fiction based on real events during the rise of the revolution: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pure-Andrew-Miller/dp/1444724282/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406676119&sr=8-1&keywords=pure

It takes small area of Paris and uses it as a microcosm of the wider unravelling of France. There's a mixture of metaphor in the decline of a church and its heaving graveyard with what's about the happen when Paris explodes, but the protagonist also meets some proto-Revolutionaries along the way. I loved the writing style in this book. Miller has a really light touch, mostly using a very unfussy and pleasingly concise style, but does strike some meaningfully poetic turns of phrase at times. He communicates the atmosphere of this period very well, and you get a very clear sense of what it was like to walk these streets. He begins and closes the book in Versailles, so you'll hear about the royals too. It's been two or three years since I read it, but it still stays in my head.