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“It is the height of folly to claim that men who for ten centuries have had the power to berate us, to fleece us and to oppress us with impunity will resolve in good grace to be only our equals.”
— Jean-Paul Marat, L’ami du Peuple: 30 July 1790 (via bunniesandbeheadings)
ohmycamilledesmoulins:

Clockwise from top: Georges Couthon, Camille Desmoulins, Louis Antoine St. Just, Jean Paul Marat, Georges Danton, with Maximilien Robespierre in the center.

ohmycamilledesmoulins:

Clockwise from top: Georges Couthon, Camille Desmoulins, Louis Antoine St. Just, Jean Paul Marat, Georges Danton, with Maximilien Robespierre in the center.


French gilded bronze medallion of Maximilien Robespierre

French gilded bronze medallion of Maximilien Robespierre

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“The just man’s torment, at his final hour,
The only pang he feels—and I shall feel—
Is the dark breath of calumny and blame
Breathed by a grimmer ghost and than death himself:
The hate of those for whom he gives his life.”
— A somewhat apocryphal poem attributed to Maximilien Robespierre by his sister Charlotte in her memoirs (via crookedsin)

Wishing to make known my feelings towards the memory of my eldest brother [Maximilien] before paying to Nature the tribute which all mortals owe her, I declare that I have ever known him to be a man full of virtue. I protest against all the letters contrary to his honor which have been attributed to me, and, desiring to dispose of what I shall leave at my death, I appoint Mlle. Reine Louise Victoire Mathon as my sole heir.

Written by my hand, in Paris, on February 6th, 1828 
Marie Marguerite Charlotte de Robespierre

— Excerpt from the will of Charlotte Robespierre (via bunniesandbeheadings)

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tumblethehump:

Robespierre, guillotiné. A lovely little bust garden in Montpellier. Half of the people commemorated were either assassinated or guillotined. Sweet!

Ça me donne envie de visiter Montpellier. Pas parce que je ne sais pas à quoi ressemble ce buste - j’ai vu l’original à Vizille - mais parce que je suis toujours contente de passer du temps dans les lieux qui ne craignent pas d’honorer la mémoire de Robespierre. Peut-être que je m’y arrêterai quand je serai dans le midi en juillet….

montagnarde1793:

tumblethehump:

Robespierre, guillotiné.
A lovely little bust garden in Montpellier. Half of the people commemorated were either assassinated or guillotined. Sweet!

Ça me donne envie de visiter Montpellier. Pas parce que je ne sais pas à quoi ressemble ce buste - j’ai vu l’original à Vizille - mais parce que je suis toujours contente de passer du temps dans les lieux qui ne craignent pas d’honorer la mémoire de Robespierre. Peut-être que je m’y arrêterai quand je serai dans le midi en juillet….

bunniesandbeheadings:

Bust of Georges Couthon by David d’Angers

bunniesandbeheadings:

Bust of Georges Couthon by David d’Angers

“Moments before Robespierre’s death, the executioner noticed that his head would not fit into the guillotine with the bandages applied to his jaw wounds, so he brutally ripped them off; from Robespierre’s ruined throat emerged a ghastly piercing scream, only cut short as the blade fell upon his neck. The status of this last scream is legendary: it gave rise to a whole panoply of interpretations, mostly along the lines of the terrifying inhuman screech of the parasitical evil spirit which signals its impotent protest when it is losing possession of its host human body - as if, at this final moment, Robespierre humanized himself, discarding the persona of revolutionary virtue embodied and emerging as a miserable scared human being.”
— Slavoj Zizek, Robespierre: Virtue and Terror (via bunniesandbeheadings)
“Robespierre died poor and beloved of all who had occasion to know and to appreciate his virtue. He was the victim of immorality. The people never had a more sincere and a more devoted friend. Great efforts have been made to sully his memory: now he is accused of aiming at the dictatorship, now he alone is held accountable for every necessary measure of severity taken by the revolutionary government. But happy, we say, would France and humanity been if Robespierre had been a dictator and allowed to carry out his great reforms!”
— Filippo Buonarotti, Victim of Immorality. (via bunniesandbeheadings)
“Robespierre’s role in history will always remain obscure. He was overthrown because he wanted to moderate and stop the course of the Revolution. …on the eve of his death he made a magnificent speech in this sense which, however, was never printed. Billaud and the other Terrorists, seeing that he was wearying of the Terror and would unfailingly bring them to justice, concerted against him and incited the moderates to overthrow (as they said) the tyrant, but in reality it was to take his place and intensify the Terror. The people of Paris thought that in removing Robespierre they were destroying tyranny, whereas the purpose of his removal was to make it flourish more luxuriantly than ever. But once Robespierre had fallen, the explosion was such that, in spite of all their efforts, the Terrorists were never able to gain the upper hand again.”
— Gourgaud’s Journal, 1816  (via bunniesandbeheadings)

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