The third edition of the Lenormand Revolution deck is now available!
And here’s a preview of the new box design featuring Eugène Delacroix’s painting Liberty Leading the People—a hint at one of the surprises in the latest edition. The new deck, at 2.5” x 3.5” is larger than previous editions, a change many of you asked for. A fantastic improvement!
For those of you interested in the history behind our bold cover, read on!
Liberty Leading the People or La Liberté guidant le peuple was painted by Eugène Delacroix in 1830 and celebrates the French anti-monarchist July Revolution of the same year. This revolt successfully toppled Charles X and created the French constitutional monarchy. Two years later, Parisian students, unhappy with the results of this initial insurrection, rose again. This is called the June Rebellion and is that quashed, anti-monarchist student rebellion that Victor Hugo immortalized in his novel Les Misérables. However, the earlier July Revolution of 1830, and the moving, triumphant fervor expressed by Delacroix’s painting, is what began a bloodied sequence of insurrections which, in 1848, would finally fell the French monarchy and establish the French Second Republic. Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité was its official motto and remains the national motto of France today.
Who is that bold, bare-breasted woman at the fore carrying a bayonet and the French flag? She is the embodiment of liberty and symbolizes France herself. She wears a Phrygian cap, which signifies the pursuit of freedom, and she resembles, Marianne, the national emblem of France, whose origins, historians say, are unclear. Marianne may have been born of the Roman goddess Libertas, who is the lovely Lady Liberty we see in New York Harbor. The Roman goddess Libertas, the American Statue of Liberty (a gift from France), the French national emblem Marianne, and the woman here leading the French people to revolt against the French monarchy in Eugène Delacroix’s incendiary painting are all one and the same.
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Vive la révolution!