Books interview: A Man of the Terror

Malcolm Crook commends a scholarly biography of the blood-soaked French revolutionary Maximilian Robespierre by Peter McPhee

Maximilien Robespierre (shown in a c1792 portrait) continues to divide opinion to this day. (Photo by: Christophel Fine Art/UIG via Getty Images)

This article was first published in the April 2012 edition of BBC History Magazine

The great scream of pain that Maximilien Robespierre emitted as he was guillotined in July 1794 has echoed down the years. His political career has become emblematic of the dedicated revolutionary willing to sacrifice both friends, and ultimately himself, for the good of the cause.

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