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I gave it one star because Scurr is a good writer: her prose and style are good and easy to read.

And that is the only positive thing I can say about this book.

The author claims she wants to write an unbiased, non-partisan biography of Robespierre. And the title led me to believe that the core of the book was the concept of virtue and the consequences it had for Robespierre personally and for the Revolution as a whole. But what I found is a work that makes no attempt to make true of its objectives. Scurr sustains and repeats the most traditional and reactionary readings of Robespierre's life trough the abundant and uncritical use of Thermidorian propaganda as sources. Proyart, to name one, is quoted without reservation while sources favourable to Robespierre (mainly Charlotte's memoirs) are doubted. The most striking example is, I think, is the fact that Scurr reproduces the description of Robespierre's rooms filled with paintings, busts and engravings of himself; but this account appears only after 9 Thermidor and by hostile authors. And yet the author does not provide this simple qualification.

Too many things that add to the obvious bias of the author and that made this book a thoroughly unpleasant experience. I would tell anyone who is interested in knowing about Robespierre, his life, his ideals and his role in the Revolution to skip this book completely.
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Let's start by saying that, on Monday, I failed a final for the first time in my life and I was surprisingly calm. No anger, no sadness, no crippling insecurities about my self worth. I'm surprised with myself. Or maybe I'm not myself but one of the pod-people. In any case, I smoked less and my lungs are kind of grateful. 

Yesterday, on the other hand, I had a great day. First of all, I got the translation of Hetalia's movie so I could proof read it. I really enjoyed it, I hope the final products looks fine. Then I want to the mall and my cousins dragged me into the book store (much to my chagrin, as you can imagine, lol) and I ended up buying Louis XVI et Marie-Antoinette: Un couple en politique by Joël Félix (but in Spanish because my French is not that good D:) which I've been trying to get for almost an year. I saw it at half price, and I just couldn't resist it. 

Then we went to buy school supplies and I love school supplies with pretty colours. I'm such a child. 

And at night I caught a mini-series called Jeanne Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour that kept me awake until 6 AM but it was so worth it. I actually cried. I even felt but for Louis and I've never been a fun of his. Now I have to try to find it and download it because I know I'll want to watch it again. 

So, after the English overload, some Bourbon stuff. 
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Awesome YouTube vid about the stereotypes between the English and the French. Glorious moments? "The English... rosbif?", "Frogs" and the little summary below the vid: 

Coming top of the poll, what really niggles us about the French is that they're not very friendly, consider themselves culturally superior and are "bad at war"! While the French think we're terrible at cooking, love and that we eat too much.

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