chapter  2
The Rise and Fall of the Good Father
Pages 36

In a speech given to the Constituent Assembly in August 1790, a little-known deputy drew the connection between tyranny in the family and tyranny in the polity:

The Revolution opened the way to a reconsideration not only of state authority but also of authority within the family. The rights of every family member and all family relationships were now to be regulated in the interest of liberty and happiness. It is obvious from this passage that the position of the king was still very much undecided one year after the beginning of the Revolution. The despotism of ministers, rather than the tyranny of kings, was the focus of the deputy's concern. Within a year, however, both the king and his queen would become the focus of a violent, often scurrilous campaign to denigrate their authority.