Thursday, 17 March 2011

montagnarde1793: (République française)
Apparently, Hamel got his whole "Robespierre = Jesus" thing from Garat*:

"Robespierre, que l'Europe croit voir à la tête de la Nation française, vit dans la boutique d'un menuisier, dont il aspire à être le fils ; et ses moeurs ne sont pas seulement décentes, sans aucune affectation et sans aucune surveillance hypocrite sur lui-même, elles sont aussi sévères que la morale du Dieu nourri chez un charpentier de la Judée."

("Robespierre, whom Europe believes it sees at the head of the French Nation, lives in the shop of a cabinetmaker, whose son he aspires to be[come]; and his habits are not only decent, without any affectation and without any hypocritical surveillance on himself, they are as strict as the moral code of the God fed in the home of a Judaean carpenter.")


*Yes, I know, he probably didn't need Garat to pick up on the ambiant 19th century culture of "The Republic: brought to you by Christianity (somehow)", but, Garat, you're not helping. >.>;
montagnarde1793: (I did it for the lulz)

A while back I posted a link to an article analyzing the repertory of those of Robespierre's books that were confiscated post-Thermidor. I've just found another, much earlier article which does much the same thing for Robespierre, Saint-Just, Couthon, and, bizarrely, Louis Capet (!!!)'s libraries. Here's a link to the section on Saint-Just and the beginning of the section on Couthon.

Saint-Just even has the excellent good taste to have Françoise de Graffigny's Lettres d'une Péruvienne, one of my favorite 18th century novels. ♥


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