A Place of Greater Safety

A Place of Greater Safety is a 1992 novel by Hilary Mantel. It concerns the events of the French Revolution, focusing on the lives of Georges Danton, Camille Desmoulins, and Maximilien Robespierre from their childhood through the execution of the Dantonists, and also featuring hundreds of other historical figures.

A Place of Greater Safety
First edition
AuthorHilary Mantel
Cover artistJoseph Boze - "Portrait of Camille Desmoulins"
Eugène Delacroix - "Liberty Leading the People"
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreHistorical novel
Published2006 (Viking Press)


Mantel explains that, where possible, she used the historical figures' own words, from their speeches or writings.[1]


A Place of Greater Safety won the Sunday Express Book of the Year award.

The New York Times praised Mantel, but not the book, wondering if "more novel and less history might not better suit this author's unmistakable talent."[2] Another reviewer praised the book saying "the dialogue is unfailingly witty, increasingly desperate, and never predictable."[3]


  1. Mantel, Hilary (2006). A Place of Greater Safety. Macmillan.
  2. Olivier Bernier (9 May 1993). "Guillotine Dreams". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
  3. Michael Snedeker (16–18 October 2009). "Mantel's French Revolution". CounterPunch. Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
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