(The). The Girondists were so called in the National
Convention, because they sat on the level floor or plain of the hall.
After the overthrow of the Girondists this part of the House was called
the marsh or swamp (marais), and included such members as were
under the control of the Mountain (q.v.).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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