The French Revolution

The Fall of Robespierre
Revolutionary Tradition and Les Mis
Revolution 1789
--The Monarchy
--Tennis Court Oath
--Fall of the Bastille
--October Days
--Declaration of War
--Palace Invaded
--Louis XVI
--Reign of Terror
-- Fall of Robespierre
--At war
1789 in Les Miserables
--The Terror
--The People
--The Students
--The Monarchy
--Place de Concord
--Notre Dame
Daily Sites
--Street Names
--Children's Names and Games
Works Consulted



 Robespierre is Arrested, 27 July 1794


The Fall of Robespierre began on March 30, 1794 when he sent his fellow citizens and friends Danton and Desmoulins to the guillotine. Danton was a staunch patriot, but also had qualities that Robespierre detested. Danton lived beyond his means consistently, and it was rumored that he had accepted bribes from aristocrats and the king. Robespierre's "Republic of Virtue" had no place for characters like Danton. Desmoulins was also condemned because he eloquently sided with Danton in his journal "The Old Cordelier," a journal which Robespierre labeled "counter-revolutionary." Robespierre used his power as a member of the Committee of Public Safety to have the two unfairly tried and guillotined.

After this event, members of the Convention and the Committee eyed Robespierre with suspicion. He had ordered the death of two of his close friends despite the fact that they had been popular among the people of Paris. Robespierre was the sole person who decided between wrong and right. The Convention saw Robespierre as a tyrant and his Republic of Virtue as authoritarian. A faction of the Convention banded together to destroy Robespierre before he destroyed the remaining members of the French government.

On July 28, 1794, Robespierre and his followers were guillotined. The period known as the Terror came to an end.

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