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Episode 44 extras

Jan 23, 2019

First, some pictures of barricades.

This page has a series of pictures of historical barricades built during various uprisings in Paris. It's a tradition that continues to this day.

And some pictures of how Hugo's barricade has been imagined:

Once Les Misérables came out, representations of the June Rebellion were heavily influenced by the novel. For example, this one, from 1870.

On Broadway:


In the 2012 movie musical:


I also promised you some geographical detail about this part of Paris. You can locate it on our Google map in the Part 3 layer, and on the 1830 map here.

And finally, my delightful artwork, representing the immediate area around our characters' stronghold: