Print of the Festival of the Supreme Being, June 1794

Despite being an opponent of the severe dechristianisation mission being carried out across France, Robespierre was at the head of the Cult of the Supreme Bring. This print illustrates the huge, colourful spectacle that was the Festival of the Supreme Being. The cult and festival is said to have been, in part, responsible for the downfall … Continue reading Print of the Festival of the Supreme Being, June 1794

Robespierre’s Speech to the Convention, 18 Pluviose Year II / 5th February 1794

‘If the mainstream of popular government in peacetime is virtue, the mainspring of popular government in revolution is virtue and terror both: virtue, without which terror is disastrous: terror, without which virtue is powerless. Terror is nothing but prompt, severe, inflexible justice; it is therefore an emanation of virtue; it is not so much a … Continue reading Robespierre’s Speech to the Convention, 18 Pluviose Year II / 5th February 1794