- Author:Ruth Scurr
- Publisher:Holt Paperbacks; Reprint edition (April 17, 2007)
- Pages:448 pages
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No sooner were his severed remains collected, tossed into an unmarked grave, and covered with quicklime than the struggle began to grasp the connection between Robespierre’s personality and his role in the Revolution.
Ruth Scurr does for Robespierre and the French Revolution what Quentin Bell did for Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury: she apprehends the complete personality of the man, the moment, and the movement. A work of genuine scholarship and political literature, Fatal Purity is an electrifying biography of an epoch's vaulting ambitions and wounded pride, radical vision and terrifying uncertainty, bracing heroism and decimating energies. Corey Robin, author of Fear: The History of a Political Idea.
Ruth Scurr blends Robespierre's ruthlessness and idealism skilfully in her fine biography of the Incorruptible, Fatal Purity, says .
Ruth Scurr blends Robespierre's ruthlessness and idealism skilfully in her fine biography of the Incorruptible, Fatal Purity, says Rebecca Abrams. Robespierre is a puzzling, deeply troubling figure in the story of the French revolution, and at the outset of this marvellous biography, historian Ruth Scurr sets out the nature of this puzzle clearly. How did an unknown provincial lawyer rise so quickly to such prominence at the political centre of the revolution?
Her first book, Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution (Chatto & Windus, 2006; Metropolitan Books, 2006) won the Franco-British Society . Fatal purity : Robespierre and the French Revolution. London: Chatto & Windus. John Aubrey : my own life.
Her first book, Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution (Chatto & Windus, 2006; Metropolitan Books, 2006) won the Franco-British Society Literary Prize (2006), was shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize (2006), long-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize (2007) and was listed among the 100 Best Books of the Decade in The Times in 2009. Dissertations, theses.
Against the dramatic backdrop of the French Revolution, historian Ruth Scurr tracks Robespierre's evolution from provincial lawyer to devastatingly efficient revolutionary leader, righteous and paranoid in equal measure. She explores his reformist zeal, his role in the fall of the monarchy, his passionate attempts to design a modern republic, even his extraordinary effort to found a perfect religion.
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Ruth Scurr is of like mind. Ruth Scurr's Robespierre reminds us that, scale apart, our modern crises are replays of a golden oldie. At times she loses patience with her subject, finding his character defective, his methods brutal, and his vision deluded. Yet her title accurately encapsulates her engaging fascination with this paradoxical man. "Purity" is a recognition of his unworldly innocence while "fatal" acknowledges the maxim that idealists, alas, make very bad revolutionaries. But what makes this fine political biography of the birth of modern Terror particularly engrossing is its timing. David Coward's books include 'A History of French Literature' (Blackwell).
A riveting biography of the French Revolution's most enigmatic figure that . Fatal Purity is very well written.
A riveting biography of the French Revolution's most enigmatic figure that restores him to his pivotal historic place Since his execution by guillotine in July. Ruth Scurr delves into the conflicted mind of Robespierre and examines the French revolutionary's descent from man of the people to murderous tyrant. An excellent look at one of history's most misunderstood, yet fearful, figures. The story of Robespierre from his childhood through his short corrupt attempt to dominate France is full of fascinating detail written in a manner that maintained interest through its entirety.
"Judicious, balanced, and admirably clear at every point. This is quite the calmest and least abusive history of the Revolution you will ever read."―Hilary Mantel, London Review of Books
Since his execution by guillotine in July 1794, Maximilien Robespierre has been contested terrain for historians. Was he a bloodthirsty charlatan or the only true defender of revolutionary ideals? The first modern dictator or the earliest democrat? Was his extreme moralism a heroic virtue or a ruinous flaw?
Against the dramatic backdrop of the French Revolution, historian Ruth Scurr tracks Robespierre's evolution from provincial lawyer to devastatingly efficient revolutionary leader, righteous and paranoid in equal measure. She explores his reformist zeal, his role in the fall of the monarchy, his passionate attempts to design a modern republic, even his extraordinary effort to found a perfect religion. And she follows him into the Terror, as the former death- penalty opponent makes summary execution the order of the day, himself falling victim to the violence at the age of thirty-six.
Written with epic sweep, full of nuance and insight, Fatal Purity is a fascinating portrait of a man who identified with the Revolution to the point of madness, and in so doing changed the course of history.