The Annual Aylmer Lecture
Maximilien Robespierre is one of the most hotly debated political figures to emerge from the French Revolution. Often hailed as a democrat and a social leveller far in advance of his time on the left, he is reviled on the right as the architect of the Terror of 1793-4 and a proto-totalitarian. What made him tick? This lecture will try to get behind the stereotypes by focussing in particular on the last days of his life, prior to his overthrow on 9 Thermidor Year II (27 July 1794).