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The French Inquirer Reign of Terror

The Former opinion stated is of course that of an aristocrat. In all truth, this Robespierre fellow is a monster who wants to become the next king of France. This man believes that democracy is just a mask of terror, and that terror is only justice; just prompt, severe, and inflexible. He has also stated that virtue without terror is destructive: and terror without virtue is impotent. Robespierre is a very brutal man, not following the morals our ancestors have tried so hard to bestow in us. This became evident to me when he said "To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency; to forgive them is barbarity." But what can we expect from a committee so determined to make a new France, that they Ban churches and create an entirely new calendar?

Stabbing of Marat murdered Jean Paul Marat at his home. She told the guards that she had news about Caen and they

February 1st, 2013


Yesterday, the reign of terror rose to new points. The Terror, as it has been called by citizens was officially started on September 5, 1973. The Terror has lead rise to a new form of execution. In the past criminals have been executed in a myriad of different techniques, most of which are rather torturous. But today, the guillotine offers a quick, humane, and easy way to execute deserving criminals. The revolutionary Tribunal has done a fine job finding treats to our new France. One individual on the committee is quite promising – M aximilien Robespierre- this man is a very influential man in the committee and has helped raise the criminals executed to over 16,000 by guillotine.

On July 13, Charlotte Corday, the daughter of aristocrat Jacques François de Corday,


let her see him. When she walked in, Marat was in his tub writing in his journals. Marat asked

Reign of Terror


Stabbing of Marat




Storming of Bastille


The Guillotine






her for the names from Caen, after he wrote the names; she walked over and stabbed him in his heart. While she stabbed him, she said to him, “They shall be soon guillotined.” As Marat lay in his tub dying, he yelled out his last words for help. The guards ran in and saw Marat lying in his blood filled tub and saw the young Miss Corday standing next to him covered in blood. She never even made an attempt to run from the law or make any escape. They arrested her and at her trial she confessed to killing Marat by herself and without help. She claimed that with Marat dead, there would be peace in France. They put her in a cart and took her to the guillotine. As they traveled, dozens gathered the streets and around the cart to yell at her and watch her death. Her last words were “I killed one man to save 100,000.” Jacques-Louis David, a famous painter, painted a picture of Marat’s death and named it The Death of Marat. It became a very famous painting and soon was a very popular image of the Revolution. As Corday died, her dreams of peace went with her to the grave as this painting travels throughout France.

Napoleon Napoleon was promoted to BrigadierGeneral on December 1793 just after his performance at the siege of Toulon. He is also named inspector of the Coast based in Nice in the south of France. He is now 25 with a promising career and although his family is still poor he quickly used his newfound influence to acquire jobs for his brothers, Joseph, Lucien and Louis. Things are about to go sour, as these were the days of the ‘Terror’ in France as Robespierre and his followers hunted down and executed all those suspected of being nobles or royalists. As time goes on no will be safe as even Republicans who had made enemies found themselves on the executioners block in front of a baying mob, and when



Robespierre younger brother asked Napoleon to become the commander of the Paris garrison Napoleon refused. This would be been a promotion but Napoleon probably believes such a position would be very dangerous at the time. Instead the government sent Napoleon on a secret mission to Genoa, but when he went back to Nice, Robespierre had stood down and the new political masters saw his trip to Genoa as treasonable. He was arrested in August 1794 but released after a couple of weeks due to such little evidence. He returned to take over an artillery unit on the Italian border but when this duty ended he was unemployed and set off for Paris in 1795. France now faced a new problem - Austria and Russia had allied with Britain. Napoleon returned to Paris where the government was in trouble. In a coup d'etat in November 1799, Napoleon became first consul. In 1802, he was made consul for life and two years later then became emperor.

Storming of Bastille On July 14th, 1789 a mob marched to the Bastille, searching for gun powder and prisoners that had been taken. The Bastille was governed by a man named Marquis de Launay and it was made to be a prison. It was known for being a cruel place filled with torture. During this time France was made to be a Monarchy and Louis XVI was the ruler. Launay had a feeling something was going to happen, so he had thirty-two Swiss soldiers come to aid him and prepare for the mob. Over three hundred people were willing to give up their lives to end all the overtaxing and overbearing government. The people knew the Bastille contained all the ammo for their rifles. The Bastille had towers nearly 90 feet high and 10 feet thick. The prison was guarded by 80 soldiers and the 30 Swiss guards, who were all well armed. The mob demanded access to the ammunition,

they were outraged. Most realized

that the gover-

nor wasn’t going to surrender.

When the rebels

realized the cannons weren’t

loaded, they

stormed the prisons by leaping

over the walls.

Once some were inside they low-

ered the draw

bridge to let the other mob mem-

bers in to help.

They were able to get their hands

on the cannons

and threaten to blow up the whole

prison. The

prison guards pleaded with Launay

and convinced

him to surrender before any can-

non was fired.

The mob beheaded the governor,

released the

seven prisoners, and killed some of

the guards. The storming of the Bastille was the beginning of the French Revolution and the end of King Louis XVI royal tyranny. The prison was burned to the ground, the walls fell, and grass now grows where the prison used to be.

The Guillotine It’s the talk of the town. Everybody is in great fear of the guillotine and those who have power over it. The guillotine is a device that decapitates criminals. If you are charged with a crime you are sentenced to death by way of the guillotine. There have been hundreds of beheadings in this so called “Reign of Terror” and they continue to keep happening almost as if they are doing it just for fun. There are people getting beheaded for anything and everything, little things that aren’t worth taking a life. The sooner they stop, the better off this country will be. The people of this country are in immanent fear for their lives. They have the power to behead anybody and everybody they want to for whatever reason they find deserves it.


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