Terror! Robespierre and the French Revolution

Linton, Marisa [Interviewee] and Hayhurst, Mark [Producer] (2009) Terror! Robespierre and the French Revolution. (Television Broadcast).


The watchwords of the French Revolution were liberty, equality and fraternity. Maximilien Robespierre believed in them passionately. He was an idealist and a lover of humanity. But during the 365 days that Robespierre sat on the Committee of Public Safety, the French Republic descended into a bloodbath. 'The Terror' only came to end when Robespierre was devoured by the repressive machinery he'd created. This drama-documentary tells the story of the Terror and looks at how Robespierre's revolutionary idealism so quickly became an excuse for tyranny, and why a lover of liberty was so keen to use the guillotine. Broadcast on BBC 2.

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