Reign of terror

If the basis of popular government in peacetime is virtue, the basis of popular government during a revolution is both virtue and terror; virtue, without which terror is baneful; terror, without which virtue is powerless. Terror is nothing more than speedy, severe and inflexible justice; it is thus an emanation of virtue; it is less a principle in itself, than a consequence of the general principle of democracy, applied to the most pressing needs of the patrie [homeland, fatherland] Some historians argue that such terror was a necessary reaction to the circumstances.

Reign of terror

Plot[ edit ] Already the most powerful man in France, Maximilien Robespierre Richard Basehart wants to become the nation's dictator. Barras refuses to do so and goes into hiding.

Meanwhile, patriot Charles D'Aubigny Robert Cummings secretly kills and impersonates Duval Charles Gordonthe bloodstained prosecutor of Strasbourgwho had been summoned to Paris by Robespierre for some unknown purpose which Robespierre's enemies want very much to ascertain.

Robespierre informs D'Aubigny that his black book, containing the names of those he intends to denounce and have executed, has been stolen. Robespierre's numerous foes are kept in check by the uncertainty of whether their names are on the list.

If they were to learn for certain that they are, they would band together against him.

He gives D'Aubigny authority over everyone in France, save himself, and 24 hours to retrieve the book. However, he was followed, and Barras is arrested by the police, led by Saint-Just.

Reign of terror

D'Aubigny finds himself in an uncomfortable position, but manages to allay the suspicions of both sides that he has betrayed them.

He goes to visit Barras in prison, and informs him that three of his best men have been murdered. Strangely, their rooms had not been ransacked to search for the book, leading D'Aubigny to surmise that it was never stolen in the first place, and that Robespierre is using the alleged theft to distract his foes.

Saint-Just, still suspicious, sends for Duval's wife to identify her husband. Through quick thinking, Madelon pretends to be Madame Duval and extricates her former lover just before the real Madame Duval arrives.

Before news of his impersonation gets out, D'Aubigny returns to Robespierre's private office to look for the book. D'Aubigny strangles him into unconsciousness and escapes.

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He and Madelon hide out at the farmhouse of a fellow conspirator, but their location is extracted through torture. A nighttime chase ensues. D'Aubigny gets away, but Madelon is caught, taken back to Paris, and tortured.

She refuses to talk.

Reign of terror

D'Aubigny turns him down. The book is passed from hand to hand among the delegates.

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Thus, when Robespierre arrives to denounce Barras, the crowd turns on him instead. Robespierre is taken to meet Madame Guillotine. D'Aubigny searches Robespierre's office, finds a secret room, and rescues Madelon. The man replies, "Bonaparte.September Law of the general maximum introduced to control prices and regulate wages.

Sep 15,  · The Reign of Terror was a period of factional and ideologicalviolence during the French Revolution. It lasted from September, to July and. Character Sheets and Handouts.

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During the Reign of Terror, France was ruled by a group of men called the Committee of Public Safety. The leader of this group was a man named Robespierre. Robespierre was also the leader of a radical group called the Jacobins.