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[[Image:Robespierre02.jpg|thumb|300px|right|Dishy only in death?]] {{wikipedia}}
 
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Wounded pride has often been the simple catalyst to make a mild man into a revengeful killer. At other times it could be just the act of forgetfulness or a misplaced word, a joke about trousers or a suggestion that you take a walk in the traffic. If it is true now, it certainly was around in 18th century [[France]]. Who were King [[Louis XVI]] and Queen [[Marie Antoinette]] to know that at their coronation in 1774 that the 17 year old, frog-faced youth staring at them in sodden knee britches and holding a speech specially prepared for the occasion was to take his revenge nearly 20 years later? '''Maximilien Robespierre''' was that person. He never forgot the incident and made sure others around him remembered it too when France ejaculated into revolution in 1789.
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Wounded pride has often been the simple catalyst to make a mild man into a revengeful killer. At other times it could be just the act of forgetfulness or a misplaced word, a joke about trousers or a suggestion that you take a walk in the traffic. If it is true now, it certainly was around in 18th century [[France]]. Who were King [[Louis XVI]] and Queen [[Marie Antoinette]] to know that at their coronation in 1774 that the 17 year old, frog-faced youth staring at them in sodden knee britches and holding speech specially prepared for the occasion was to take his revenge nearly 20 years later? '''Maximilien Robespierre''' was that person. He never forgot the incident and made sure others around him remembered it too when France ejaculated into revolution in 1789.
   
 
In France today you will look in vain for a monument, street or even some dusty square named in Robespierre's honour. There is one [[Paris]] Metro station that bears his name but this just a gloried shed and perhaps is an elaborate French joke as it was only given Robespierre's name in 1937, at the height of the show trials in the [[Soviet Union]] when the Communists executed their former Bolshevik allies as traitors and fascists. Robespierre became the 'bad' revolutionary in comparison to his fellow Jacobin and supporter of Terrorism as a method of political control [[wikipedia:Georges Danton|Georges Danton]]. So far have their reputations have gone in different directions that Danton the regicide was later honoured with class of French [[wikipedia:Danton_class_battleship|battleships]] named in his honour. For the 'prig-in-a-wig' as his enemies labelled him, Robespierre has got nothing. Perhaps only [[Joseph Stalin|Stalin]] would have really warmed to the French regime changer but only long enough to shoot him when the time was right.
 
In France today you will look in vain for a monument, street or even some dusty square named in Robespierre's honour. There is one [[Paris]] Metro station that bears his name but this just a gloried shed and perhaps is an elaborate French joke as it was only given Robespierre's name in 1937, at the height of the show trials in the [[Soviet Union]] when the Communists executed their former Bolshevik allies as traitors and fascists. Robespierre became the 'bad' revolutionary in comparison to his fellow Jacobin and supporter of Terrorism as a method of political control [[wikipedia:Georges Danton|Georges Danton]]. So far have their reputations have gone in different directions that Danton the regicide was later honoured with class of French [[wikipedia:Danton_class_battleship|battleships]] named in his honour. For the 'prig-in-a-wig' as his enemies labelled him, Robespierre has got nothing. Perhaps only [[Joseph Stalin|Stalin]] would have really warmed to the French regime changer but only long enough to shoot him when the time was right.
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