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3. Context: Dickens' revolutionary novel

A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens, 1859
Famous for: A bloody cask of wine, dozens of rolling heads, and TWO of just about everything important.

What really happened during the French Revolution? Was it anything like the relentless decapitation and bloodletting that goes on in A Tale of Two Cities? Actually, yes. The action in Charles Dickens’s book is based on real-life events from a desperate and violent era. Here’s the 60second Recap® on that.

 

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