War of the First Coalition
Fall of Maximilien Robespierre
1794 Jul 27

Fall of Maximilien Robespierre

Hôtel de Ville, Paris
The Fall of Maximilien Robespierre refers to the series of events beginning with Maximilien Robespierre's address to the National Convention on 26 July 1794, his arrest the next day, and his execution on 28 July 1794. Robespierre spoke of the existence of internal enemies, conspirators, and calumniators, within the Convention and the governing Committees. He refused to name them, which alarmed the deputies who feared Robespierre was preparing another purge of the Convention. On the following day, this tension in the Convention allowed Jean-Lambert Tallien, one of the conspirators who Robespierre had in mind in his denunciation, to turn the Convention against Robespierre and decree his arrest. By the end of the next day, Robespierre was executed in the Place de la Revolution, where King Louis XVI had been executed a Year earlier. He was executed by guillotine, like the others.