The circle of terror

Marisa Linton reveals how the architects of the bloodletting that swept Paris after the French Revolution ended up among its victims...

Camille and Lucile Desmoulins

This article was first published in the September 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine

In his prison cell, during the long hours before dawn, Camille Desmoulins, radical revolutionary and deputy to the National Convention, wrote a last letter to his wife, Lucile, in which he struggled to comprehend the sudden turn of events that had brought him to that terrible place.

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