Robespierre exhibited much gallantry to the ladies, and perhaps, it may be thought, sometimes carried his politeness too far.
Walking one day on the Boulevards with a lady, she very much admired a house. “Would you like to have it?” asked Robespierre. “Indeed I should,” came the reply. “Then Madame, it shall be yours,” said Robespierre, and absolutely carried his courtesy so far as to have the owner denounced as an enemy of the Republic, and immediately executed, his property confiscated, by which means Robespierre easily obtained possession of the house and presented it to the lady.”
Memoirs of Madame Tussaud: Her Eventful History, ed. R.M Hailey
Sounds legit.(via bunniesandbeheadings)
The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette: A Novel, Carolly Erickson
This book is honest-to-god the highlight of my experience in researching the French Revolution. No book has given me so much joy. Can you believe it’s been a year since I liveblogged my reading of it? My goodness, how time flies.(via bunniesandbeheadings)