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Thermidor

Thermidor (thûrˈmĭdôr, Fr. tĕrmēdôrˈ), 11th month of the French Revolutionary calendar. The coup of 9 Thermidor (July 27, 1794) marked the downfall of Robespierre and the end of the Reign of Terror. The men who came into power were members of the old bourgeoisie and the newly rich who had profited from speculation and inflation. Extravagance in dress and manner prevailed. The Jacobins were suppressed, but the royalists did not gain power. The Thermidorians removed economic controls, thus unleashing inflation, and established some freedom of worship. The principal figures in the so-called Thermidorian reaction included Barras and Tallien. The period ended with the establishment of the Directory (1795).

Bibliography

See A. Mathiez, The Thermidorian Reaction (1929, tr. 1930).

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Thermidor

 

the 11th month of the year according to the republican calendar that was in effect in France from 1793 to 1805. Thermidor corresponded to the period from July 19/20 to August 17/18.

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King prawn thermidor Ingredients: (serves four), 1/2 oz rice, 1 oz white crab meat, 2oz butter, 4 king prawns, tablespoon olive oil, half an onion, 1 clove garlic, 1 pint fish stock, 1/4 pint of double cream, pinch of saffron, 1 teaspoon of English mustard, 1/2 oz parmesan, a pinch salt and a pinch pepper Method: Cook rice until tender, sit in bottom of ramekin then add white crab meat.
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