16 August

'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness' Charles Dickens, Chapter 1, A Tale of Two Cities

August 16, 2009 · 1 min read

Tje fanatical and pious Maximilien Robespierre today in 1792 presented the petition of the Commune of Paris to the Legislative Assembly, demanding the establishment of a revolutionary tribunal for the trial of political offenders. It was to become the beginning of the Terror that sent thousands of to the guillotine

‘Atheism is aristocratic; the idea of a great Being that watches over oppressed innocence and punishes triumphant crime is altogether popular.’

Maximilien Robespierre


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