French Revolution: Maximilien Robespierre Album

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French Revolution: Maximilien Robespierre Album

Maximilien Robespierre (6 May 1758 – 28 July 1794) was a French lawyer, politician, and one of the best known and most influential figures of the French Revolution. His supporters called him "The Incorruptible", while his adversaries called him dictateur sanguinaire (bloodthirsty dictator).

As a member of the powerful Committee of Public Safety, Robespierre was instrumental in justifying, implementing, and greatly expanding the use of terror during the period commonly known as the “Reign of Terror”. “Terror is only justice prom pt, severe and inflexible; it is then an em anation of virtue; it is less a distinct principle than a natural consequence of the general principle of democracy, applied to the most pressing w ants of the country ...”

During the Reign of Terror, any person who openly disagreed with Robespierre’s views, or who were simply neutral, or who were simply not actively promoting the revolutionary goals du jour, were subject to arrest and possible execution. It is estimated that 500,000 people were arrested, and the guillotine, the new instrument of egalitarian justice, was put to work. Public executions were considered educational. Women were encouraged to sit and knit during trials and executions. The Revolutionary Tribunal ordered the execution of 2,400 people in Paris by July 1794. Across France 30,000 people lost their lives. This period ended shortly after Robespierre’s arrest and execution in July of 1794.

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French Revolution: Maximilien Robespierre Album

  • Dimensions: 6.0 inches (H) x 0.5 inches (W) x 9.0 inches (L)
  • Weight: 4.0 ounces
  • Made in France

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