TDISH: Death of a Revolutionary

367px-Robespierre_exécutant_le_bourreau.jpgOn July 28, 1794, French Revolutionary leader Maximilien Robespierre met his end under the blade of a Paris guillotine, the horrific machine that he put to such efficient use during his Reign of Terror.  Robespierre and his radical followers had come into the fullest of power in France in September 1793 with the beginning of the Reign of Terror that saw the execution of King Louis XVI, Queen Marie Antoinette, and approximately 40,000 other French people of both monarchical and moderate republican outlook.  That vast majority of these individuals met their deaths by guillotine.  In an act of ultimate irony, the author of so many guillotine deaths met his own demise in the same machine largely because he had executed so many people.

Source: “Maximilian Robespierre.” BBC History.
Featured Image. “The Execution of Robespierre.” By Unknown – Bibliothèque nationale de France, Public Domain.
Image 1. “Robespierre Executing the Executioner.” By unidentified – La Guillotine en 1793 by H. Fleischmann (1908), page 269 Google BooksInternet Archive copy, Public Domain.

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