The gilet à la robespierre/gilet à la marat came up earlier. Here are Marat’s furry spotted lapels. (They are the lapels of his coat, I see clearly now. They are also furry and spotted.)
Love you, Marat.
socialist realism, ladies and gentlemen. a truly fascinating art form.
Happy Birthday, Camille Desmoulins!
Although some remember you only as a “temperamental pamphleteer”, I still think you contributed virtue to the Revolution.
I’m still more Team Cluzet.
February 10th 1755: Montesquieu dies
On this day in 1755 the famous French political thinker of the Enlightenment, Montesquieu, died aged 66 in Paris. He was born to a noble family in 1689. Montesquieu is best known for his theory of the separation of powers between the executive, legislature and judiciary in a government. His thinking was implemented in many national constitutions, most notably the American. He died of a high fever in 1755 and was buried in the Église Saint-Sulpice, Paris.
Either way, THIS^ (via midwestramblings)
my favorite thing about the french revolution is that the republic celebrated the “festival of liberty and reason” about two weeks after the girondists were executed
Happy birthday, Voltaire!
Although Voltaire always insisted that his real birthday was in February, church records indicate that his birthday was today.
Widely remembered as one of France’s greatest philosophical minds, Voltaire contributed a defense of free speech and satire in his writings.
My favorite portrait of Voltaire.