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Maximilien Francois Marie Isidore de Robespierre the Incorruptible was a lawyer and political leader in France during the time of the Reign of Terror from 1793-1794 in the French Revolution As a member of the Committee of Public Safety for the duration of the National Convention his goal was to achieve a Republic of Virtue based on ideas of the Enlightenment in which all French citizens would have high moral standards and be dedicated patriots to the Revolutionary Republic Those who did not accept his ideas or whom he suspected of as being enemies he sent to the guillotine to be beheaded Throughout this period 16000 people were executed putting Robespierre into the books as one of the most ruthless and horrifying men in history In addition many of his ideas and actions influenced the novel A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens which portrayed a fictional life during the French Revolution Biography Robespierre was born in Arras France on May 6 1758 the son of Fran Robespierre and Jacqueline-Marguerite Carraut and brother to Charlotte his sister When he was young his mother passed away and his father sent him and his sister to his grandparents to be raised At the age of seven Robespierre was sent to the College of the Oratorians at Arras where he excelled as a student and was eventually accepted into Louis-le-Grand in Paris a prestigious college where only top scholars attended As a shy and quiet man Robespierre kept his ideas to himself and disliked any public attention By the time he was twenty-three in 1781 he received his bachelors degree in law and began his life as a lawyer He set up a business in his hometown of Arras France and started to use his skills in law to defend poor and persecuted people Although he was not an excellent lawyer he did make a good reputation of himself as a champion and hero to many
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