William Godwin's Diary


Uprising triggered by a dispute in Lyon’s silk industry, which provided employment for a quarter of the city’s population. Merchants were attempting to squeeze prices for silk and, when the prime minister, Casimir Perier, overturned the local solution of fixed prices for the weavers, they rose up in revolt. Joined by sections of the National Guard, the rebels held the city until the government re-gained control on 3 December.

See Munro Price, The Perilous Crown: France Between Revolutions, 1814-1848 (London: Macmillan, 2007), p. 230.