Malkin Lecture: Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis  de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution

Few in history can match the breadth and depth of the revolutionary career of the Marquis de Lafayette. Over 50 incredible years at the heart of the Age of Revolution, he fought as one with righteous revolutionaries on both sides of the Atlantic. As an idealistic and courageous teenager serving in the American Revolution, he used his considerable wealth and savvy to help the Americans defeat the British. He then returned home and was a principal player in the French Revolution. And, in his final act, at 70 years old, he was instrumental in the dramatic overthrow of the Bourbon Dynasty during the Revolution of 1830. Lafayette was a particular admirer of the old Seventh Regiment, which served as his honor guard in 1824, forging a bond between our regiment and France that remained long into the 20th century. Join author and podcaster Mike Duncan as he describes how Lafayette remained unshakably committed through an era of upheaval to his principles of liberty and democracy, his resolve never wavering.

Mike Duncan is one of the most popular history podcasters in the world and author of The New York Times bestselling book, The Storm Before the Storm. His award-winning series, The History of Rome, remains a legendary landmark in the history of podcasting. Duncan’s ongoing series, Revolutions, explores the great political revolutions that have driven the course of modern history.

For more information about Mike Duncan’s new book, Hero of Two Worlds, visit

The Marquis de Lafayette (copy of the portrait by Joseph-Désiré Court in the Musee National, Versailles, France). Presented to the Seventh Regiment on April 12, 1934 by the Republic of France. Photo Credit: 7th Regiment Archives, NYSMM



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December 7, 2021

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