Robespierre and Louis Saint-Just were among the leading lights of the French Revolution. Both of them were active participants in the Revolution, and the Reign of Terror that followed it. Robespierre in particular was a major architect of the Terror.
A couple of years into the revolutionary calendar, and about nine months into the Terror, on 9 Thermidor – July 27 – a reaction to the excesses of the Terror occurred. Robespierre, who had become increasingly isolated politically, while at the same time concentrating power in his own hands. For a number of reasons – political, practical and personal – many of the other revolutionaries turned against him. He was arrested, and executed the following day along with Saint-Just and twenty other supporters.
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