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Robespierre and the Festival of the Supreme Being: The Search for a Republican Morality

Jonathan Smyth


In Year 2 of the Revolution (1794) Robespierre, seeking to establish a new deist national morality created the Festival of the Supreme Being celebrated on 20 Prairial Year 2 (8 June 1794). This book begins by tracing the progress in the development of Robespierre’s thinking on the importance of the problem which the lack of any acceptable national moral system through the early years of the Revolution had created, his vision of a new attitude towards religion and morality, and why he chose a Revolutionary Festival to launch his idea. It focusses on the importance of the Festival by showing tha ... More

Keywords: Morality, Robespierre, Revolutionary Festival, Supreme Being, National event

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781526103789
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526103789.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Smyth, author
Birkbeck, University of London