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Fatal purity : Robespierre and the French Revolution

Author: Ruth Scurr
Publisher: New York : H. Holt, 2007, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Owl books edView all editions and formats
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A biography of a key figure of the French Revolution captures the paradoxical life of Maximilien Robespierre, from his beginnings as a provincial lawyer, to his rise to power as a revolutionary leader, to his eventual end on the guillotine that had taken the lives of so many during the Terror that he had orchestrated.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographies
Named Person: Maximilien Robespierre; Maximilien Robespierre; Maximilien Robespierre
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ruth Scurr
ISBN: 0805082611 9780805082616 0805079874 9780805079876
OCLC Number: 123434795
Notes: "An Owl book."
Description: xvii, 408 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Contents: I: Before the revolution (1758-1788) --
Child of Arras --
The lawyer-poet back home --
II: The revolution begins (1788-1789) --
Standing for election in Arras --
Representing the nation at Versailles --
III: Reconstituting France (1789-1791) --
The national assembly in Paris --
The Constitution --
IV: The Constitution fails (1791-1792) --
War --
The king's trial --
V: The terror (1793-1794) --
The pact with violence --
Robespierre's red summer --
Coda.
Responsibility: Ruth Scurr.

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A biography of a key figure of the French Revolution captures the paradoxical life of Maximilien Robespierre, from his beginnings as a provincial lawyer, to his rise to power as a revolutionary leader, to his eventual end on the guillotine that had taken the lives of so many during the Terror that he had orchestrated.

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