Occupation: Journalist; Politician
A prominent Revolutionary journalist, Brissot used this influential position to become a dominant figure in the Legislative Assembly and Robespierre's main rival in the Jacobin Club. He was an enthusiastic advocate for waging war on Austria and Prussia in 1792. When he and Robespierre were both elected to the National Convention after the fall of the monarchy in August 1792 the animosity between them and their associated factions (the Girondins and Montagnards respectively) became the dominant political narrative of the Revolution. Brissot and other leading Girondin deputies were purged from the Convention on 2 June 1793, and Brissot and twenty-one other Girondins (one of whom was already dead by suicide) were guillotined on 31 October 1793 after a controversial show trial at the Paris Revolutionary Tribunal.
Appears in these Letters:
The duchess explains how the balance of political power in the capital has recently shifted in a more radical direction, and considers the...
6 November: The Terror Gathers Pace
The duchess describes the execution of Brissot and a group of his fellow Girondin deputies. She combines this with broader reflections on the...
Portrait by François Bonneville, 1790