Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered


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I do solemnly swear that I currently have an addiction to anything and everything that is related to the Broadway Musical, Hamilton. So, when I got a chance to read more about my favorite character, the Marquis de Lafayette, I jumped at the chance. At age nineteen, Lafayette volunteered to fight under George Washington and became one of the stars of the Revolution. He has long been celebrated by Americans as a hero and leader of Liberty for his roles in the American Revolution and the French Revolution. In his home country of France, he's not nearly the historical celebrity as he is in America, so learning more about his whole life made this read definitely worth it. 

Using substantial research and background information, The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered by Laura Auricchio gives a great overview of his work life as well as his complicated home life as well. During the Revolution, he had a very father-son relationship with Washington who grew to trust him in leading major battles of the Revolution, including the Battle of Yorktown which brought the war to it's end. If you too love all things Hamilton, you'll enjoy learning more about this complex person who helped turn the world upside down at a very young age. 

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