Following on last summer’s fabulous “Thermidor Fun facts,” this summer we are featuring a series called “From Prairial to Pop Culture: The French Revolution in 2015.” It will run during the month of Prairial (beginning now) to July 14, 2015.
If you would like to contribute a fun fact on the French Revolution, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. All contributors naturally receive a by-line on the blog.
Q: What does Prairial mean, as a symbolic date akin to Thermidor (Robespierre’s death) and Brumaire (Napoleon’s coup d’état)?
- an uprising of peasants from the meadows of the Jura who marched into Paris leading their cows, in May 1795
- an allegory of refreshment, which became a refreshing salad made of “rocky mountain oysters” and rocket, much appreciated during the Directoire (1795-99)
- a popular revolt in Paris on May 20, 1795 against the policies of the Thermidorian Convention; widely considered the last popular revolt of the French Revolution begun in 1789
- Napoleon’s unstoppable rise to power, as depicted in a dazzling shade of spring green, by Girodet in 1796