220 years ago today, Robespierre was executed in a coup carefully organized by his extremist colleagues. In the decades since his death, every level of malicious propaganda has been directed against him. He has been wrongly accused of dictatorship, bloodthirstiness, and intense personal repugnance which have all severely tainted his legacy within academia and popular culture. But the true Robespierre was neither tyrannical nor power crazed. He was a man of passion, a man of great personal kindness, and a man who remains my inspiration for so many more reasons than it is possible to list here. So here’s to Robespierre. I hope that my work as a historian (as well as the work of all the other passionate souls on this site!) will one day rid you of the reputation you’ve never deserved.