The Bloody Family History of the Guillotine


Article describing the history and technology of executions in the period before and during the French Revolution.

The Frozen Deep


Dickens collaborated with his friend Wilkie Collins on this play a few years before the publication of A Tale of Two Cities.The play was a significant source of influence and inspiration for him.

Thomas Carlyle's The French Revolution

Cambridge Department of History

Carlyle’s text was a major influence and inspiration for Dickens’s representation of the French Revolution. This site includes analysis and excerpts from Carlyle’s work.

French Revolution: World History Crash Course

Video highlighting the major causes and events of the French Revolution.

Podcast: The French Revolution's Reign of Terror

Discussion of violence during the French Revolution, and whether or not it was inevitable.

All The Year Round

Dickens Journal

Images of the All The Year Round journal in which A Tale of Two Cities was first serialized.