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Sword of Sieyès

Image of the ceremonial Sword of Sieyès

Annotation

This ceremonial sword, created for one of the directors in 1799, is presented symbolically as an instrument to defend the "people." Indeed, the war effort was waged for the populace against the perceived injustices of the old regime and its remnants in and outside of France. Placing war on this footing clearly had the potential to inspire more support and more bloodshed as so much more seemed at stake.

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Included as part of the LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY: EXPLORING THE FRENCH REVOLUTION project
https://revolution.chnm.org/d/33

How to Cite This Source

"Sword of Sieyès," in World History Commons, https://worldhistorycommons.org/sword-sieyes [accessed August 13, 2022]