• "There is a dazzling light of intellect as much as a thunderous darkness of reality in her fine, humanising portrait"

    The Times, Ten Best Books of 2006
  • "Scurr has an important tale to tell, and she tells it judiciously"

    Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Sunday Times
  • "Ruth Scurr's aim, in this well written first book, is to provide an accessible, up - to date biography that draws on all this work, and represents Robespierre as a human being rather than as a monster of legend. She succeeds impressively"

    Munro Price, Sunday Telegraph
  • "This splendidly balanced account of an unbalanced mind proves that there are monsters of virtue as well as monsters of vice"

    Graham Robb, Daily Telegraph
  • "It is judicious, balanced, and admirably clear at every point....It is quite the calmest and least abusive history of the Revolution you will ever read"

    Hilary Mantel, London Review of Books

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