Revolutionary Tribunal (Paris)

Created: March 1793

Created by the National Convention on 10 March 1793 in response to demands from Paris sections and some deputies for reassurance that Paris's security would not be compromised by the latest drive to encourage the capital's patriots to volunteer for the war effort. The Tribunal was mandated to investigate and punish Counter-Revolutionary activity wherever it occurred in the country. It became a central part of the state apparatus of political repression and one of the emblems of the Terror, sending over 2,500 people to the guillotine by the end of July 1794.



Appears in these Letters:


11 March: Terror on the Horizon. Part 1

This entry is dated the same day that the creation of a new Paris Revolutionary Tribunal was announced by the Convention. This was one of the building...

31 July: Revolutionary Justice in the summer of 1793

The duchess offers news and personal reflections on recent developments in the French Revolution (as seen from her home in the heart of the capital)...