Article describing the history and technology of executions in the period before and during the French Revolution.
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.
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.
Video highlighting the major causes and events of the French Revolution.
Discussion of violence during the French Revolution, and whether or not it was inevitable.
Dickens Journal Online.org
Images of the All The Year Round journal in which A Tale of Two Cities was first serialized.