The Yellow Site

An 1895 tale from Robert W. Chambers, published soon after his collection The King In Yellow, and not unrelated to it in terms of setting.

"...the author claims [it] is historically accurate, apart from the romance story within it.

The story occurs just a few months after "The Street of the First Shell" in The King In Yellow. After the defeat of the Franco-Prussian War there was a communist insurrection in Paris and a short-lived Reign of Terror in the spring of 1871. The story is exciting (if perhaps a bit too long) and has plenty of fighting, escaping, jumping over walls and wearing disguises; in this sense it is a adventure-romance in the mode of The Prisoner of Zenda, although quite a bit more scary in that the background is based in reality, and quite bloody.

This makes for a strange combination: a lovers' romance intermingled with the anti-romantic details of a gruesome civil war."

Summaries from:

and The Red Republic (1895) Note: Non-OCR'd scans in PDF and DjVu; text version is an unproofed dump from the DjVu.