A Tale of Two Cities Illustrated Timeline Project
For each of the dates and facts below, construct an illustrated timeline for the novel.
Suitable artwork, your own or from magazines or the internet, should be included for each
date. Use 8 ½ X 11 card stock or construction paper taped together accordion-style so that
the timeline may be set up on a table, or create a Power Point presentation of the
information. (Be sure to include a line.)
Timetable for Book the First
1757 Dr. Manette is imprisoned in the Bastille
1758 Lucie Manette is born.
1760 Lucie Manette’s mother dies.
1775-1783 American colonists fight for independence from England
1775 The novel opens.
Lucie Manette and Jarvis Lorry take Dr. Manette from the Defarges, who have
received him after his rescue from the Bastille.
Timetable for Book the Second
1780 Book the Second opens.
Charles Darnay goes on trial for treason in London.
Later Darnay visits his uncle, the Marquis St. Evremonde, in France.
1781 Charles Darnay and Lucie Manette are married.
1783 Little Lucie is born.
1789 The Bastille is stormed on July 14, signaling the start of the Revolution.
1790 French decree abolishes all titles of nobility.
1792 Duty draws both Jarvis Lorry and Charles Darnay to Paris on separate missions.
Timeline for Book the Third
1792 Book the Third opens.
In France the king’s “office” is abolished. Henceforth, (after January 1) the
property of French émigré noblemen shall be confiscated, and the
émigrés shall be treated as enemies subject to the death penalty.
Charles Darnay is arrested and imprisoned in Paris.
The September Massacres occur.
1793 Louis XVI is executed in January, and Marie Antoinette is executed in October.
The French Revolution has a Reign of Terror, ending in the summer of 1794.
Darnay is freed, rearrested, retried, and condemned.
Darnay is rescued and the escape from France is carried out.
1799 The French Revolution ends after ten years.
1812 Charles Dickens is born.
1837 Thomas Carlyle’s The French Revolution is published.
1859 A Tale of Two Cities is published.
1870 Charles Dickens dies.
A Tale of Two Cities Timeline Name
Due Date Period
Line Drawn 8
Dates with details of events 16
Illustration for each date 16
Spacing of Dates 8
Typed or printed neatly in black ink 8
General format & neatness 10
Title page 4