Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution
A riveting biography of the French Revolution's most enigmatic figure that restores him to his pivotal historic place
Since his execution by guillotine in July 1794, Maximilien Robespierre has been contested terrain for historians, at once the most notorious leader of the French Revolution and the least comprehensible. Was he a bloodthirsty charlatan or the only true defender of revolutionary ideals? Was his extreme moralism—he was known as "The Incorruptible"—a heroic virtue or a ruinous flaw? Was he the first modern dictator or the earliest democrat?
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - john257hopper - LibraryThing
A well written and fascinating account of the life and career of this most famous and infamous of French revolutionaries. Robespierre is a fascinating man of contrasts. For much of his life, certainly ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JBD1 - LibraryThing
Cambridge University historian Ruth Scurr's first book might be one of the most gruesome biographies I've ever read. Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution is the tale of Maximilien ... Read full review