Marisa Linton was invited to attend the annual History Today Awards Function and Party. The History Today Party has been held at some interesting historical venues over the years. This year the setting was the imposing surroundings of the Old Hall, at Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
Marisa has just published an article on the controversial figure of Louis-Antoine Saint-Just in the January issue of History Today. Saint-Just was the youngest – and one of the most radical – of the leaders of the French Revolution. Robespierre is better known, at least as far as the English are concerned, but Saint-Just is in many ways an even more interesting character. He was clever, self-confident, idealistic and passionately devoted to the revolutionary cause of liberty, equality and fraternity. But in defence of that cause he was prepared to sacrifice human lives, including his own. He remains an intensely controversial figure: for some he is a romantic hero, for others a monster.
Marisa is currently writing a book for Oxford University Press on four of the leaders of the French Revolution – Robespierre, Danton, Desmoulins – and Saint-Just of course. At the heart of the book is the arrest, trial and execution of Danton and Desmoulins at the height of the Terror in the spring of 1794, a process in which Saint-Just took a leading part. Marisa will be discussing ‘The Politician’s Terror in the French Revolution’ on Monday 2nd February at Kingston University.