Are the Sans-Culottes back again, and again?
In the past year we’ve seen protests and street violence.
Author AK Patch is with us today to talk about mobs and the
intimidation of radical revolutionaries during the French Revolution.
1. Give us brief history of the French Revolution AK?
What I like to do is bring historical events and the lessons of past
and relate it to our lives today. I do this in these segments and in
my time travel adventure novels. We saw protests, riots, and
anarchy on our own streets during the summer, and more yesterday
in our capital. We might take pause to look at history as a guide.
While many in the US protest for good reasons, others bring
mayhem and destruction.
The common people of France suffered in the late 1700’s. Famine, war
debt, mismanagement and corruption by the King and his royals, and
lack of representation in government drove everyday people to
Attempts to alleviate these horrible conditions were inadequate.
By 1789- A revolution began, throwing out the monarchy, established a
republic. This new republic became threatened by foreign invasion. The
situation became fluid and desperate.
1. Then who are the Sans-Culottes?
Most revolutions proceed with horrific violence. The everyday people
attacked the nobility with a ferocity that caused many thousands of
deaths. The sans-culottes took justice into their own hands, creating a
direct democracy with no parliament, imprisoning multitudes, and
executing thousands of others.
They got their name -sans-culottes means “without breeches”, the silk
short pants the nobility wore. The SA wore long pants, red liberty caps,
clog shoes and short coats. They were considered the truest of the
revolutionaries and every one dressed like them to not be accused of
being against the revolution.
Think about that as we go along on this path of change ourselves.
Slogans, clothing worn that elicits violence.
They executed by hanging and the guillotine many thousands of
French people whom they considered counter-revolutionaries or who
stood against them.
2. What happened next?
They helped to force the cutting off of the heads of King Louis without a
trial and Marie Antoinette months later. Eventually, they were replaced
by the Jacobin. More instability occurred until Napoleon took over,
abolished the republic and made himself emperor.
We should pay attention to the violence in the streets. Law, order and
reason should be the rule as we reform certain elements of society.
Another reason- Often said history repeats itself- not accurate enough- it
probably REGURGITATES ITSELF. Be careful we don’t allow
anarchy and intimidation to reign. We are a nation of laws and the
law must be followed and those break the law should be brought to
justice- whoever they are.
This is Period interesting my new novel, a paranormal thriller, THE
CATACOMBS’ CURSE, starts out during the Napoleonic era and
the Battle of Waterloo. Trilogy
Patches of History 3/4/2021
We’re going to take break from the news cycle to answer one of the burning questions of all time- Did
Napoleon lose the Battle of Waterloo because of Hemorrhoids? Author AK Patch is here to talk about
the battle and how he worked this important event into his new novel, THE CATACOMBS’ CURSE
OK, AK- tell us about what happened to Napoleon.
1. First- a little history- On June 18, 1815- Napoleon raised an army in one hundred days after escaping
from exile on the Isle of Elba. British, Prussians, and Dutch allies gathered an army to oppose him under
the famous Duke of Wellington and the Prussian General Blucher. They met on the hilly ground near
Waterloo, Belgium and fought a furious battle for the future of Europe. Napoleon is said to have met
his Waterloo there, but he never set foot in that town. Only Wellington did, where he set up his
2. Did Napoleon have hemorrhoids that caused him to lose the Battle?
Some say the nasty discomfort burning his butt caused him to stay off his horse to visit the battlefield
and give orders on the spot. This might be true, but an expert on the battle said this was probably made
up because supporters couldn’t believe a military genius could lose as a result of blunders and
3. So, why did he lose the battle?
Weather, first of all. He waited too long to move his cannons into position because of muddy ground
from nighttime rain.
He started the battle too late, and Blucher’s 50,000 Prussians turned the tide late in the day.
These issues, plus the unbelievable fighting sacrifice of the allies, Wellington’s leadership.
4. You want to hear something really horrific about the aftermath of the battle?
Dead soldiers had their teeth knocked out to make dentures. Valuable commodity.
5. What happened to Napoleon afterwards?
He had escape by horse. Apparently, the hemorrhoids didn’t bother him then.
He abdicated upon his return to Paris.
He tried to escape to the US, but cornered by British ships, he surrendered. Exiled to St. Helena, off of
South America. Died 6 years later. He’s entombed at Les Invalides in Paris.
6. History has unending interesting stories- inspired me to write an adventure that involves the past,
present, and future BOOK ONE PASSAGE AT DELPHI BEGINS THE SERIES. Its about a couple who go
thru Hell to survive in the ancient world and struggle to return home. They don’t understand they’ve
drafted to help save the future of the United States. BOOK TWO, They begin to understand what
disaster they might face in our time.
In BOOK Three of my Series JOURNEY FROM DELPHI- The whole plot orchestrated from within, and
from foreign shores, explodes. it. It’s an exciting, gritty, and entertaining story. Who will be willing to
fight, and who will survive?
START on Amazon PASSAGE AT DELPHI
Allen K Patch with Patches of History
AK Patch 2/18/2021
Many would agree that inspiration and perseverance are required to achieve anything of significance in life.
I accept my occasional share of lucky moments, but to ‘just keep working at it’ has been more my path of success.
Authoring a time-travel adventure series – scratching out the time necessary while I was still working full-time and more – demanded all the above, but one realizes that the process of dreaming and executing a plot is a journey with rich rewards. The characters, once established, begin to write their own story. And the trouble they get themselves into…
Historical and current events, even what the future may hold, is the background of my writing, radio, and television appearances.
There’s so much to choose from.
My love for history began early. Growing up in a family of nine children near Plymouth, Massachusetts and educated in Boston, the heritage of our country and the sacrifice of the Founding Fathers was an ever-present stirring and vivid study.
Interest in both science and the arts compelled me to receive a B.S. in Biology from Boston College and a DMD degree From Tufts University. Seeking professional and life experience, I joined the U.S. Navy, receiving my commission aboard the oldest active duty ship in the fleet, the USS Constitution.
Following active duty, I entered private practice and continued to serve in the Naval Reserve, stationed in Naval Hospitals and deployed with the United States Marine Corps. When I retired from the Navy with the rank of Captain, my retirement flag flew over the decks of the USS Constitution. Many great experiences and profound friendships grew out of those twenty-six years of service.
Throughout, while building my career and family, my interest in history and its lessons never waned, and it was not restricted to our shores. History has so much to teach us, and ancient history, especially of the Greek and Roman periods, has not only proved fascinating but has also provided fertile ground for my fiction.
I serve as a board member of the Friends of Classics at San Diego State University and a member of the Hellenic Society of San Diego. With education a key to bringing to life the lessons of the past, I am also a judge for San Diego County History Fair.
I live in one of the most beautiful cities on earth, sunny San Diego with my wife and two children. I play tennis and still love baseball. Early days on the pitcher’s mound and throwing right and left-handed still has me dreaming of pitching against the Yankees in Fenway Park.
Exploring the confluence of past, present, and future with characters out of their time and place has been an engrossing journey for me. I hope you enjoy reading this often provocative series as much as I enjoyed writing it.
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