Color portrait of French radical Jacobin leader Maximilien de Robespierre.

Maximilien de Robespierre

(1758 - 1794)

While the storming of the Bastille and the formation of the National Constituent Assembly had occurred in July 1789, the monarchy was not overthrown until August 1792. A lawyer by training, Maximilien de Robespierre was a leading advocate for the principle of terror—“nothing but prompt, severe, inflexible justice.” In 1794 he too was guillotined. 

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I am no courtesan, nor moderator, nor tribune, nor defender of the people: I am myself the people.

—Maximilien de Robespierre, 1792

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