m. (maelicia) wrote in historical_love,

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On the (mis)representation of Saint-Just in "Terror! Robespierre and the French Revolution".

I love Louis-Antoine Saint-Just. I've loved him for more than three years now. (So I guess that means I can post here?) I love him so that I wrote an essay on him: on his misrepresentation in the recent BBC program Terror! Robespierre and the French Revolution, posted in two posts on revolution_fr, the French Revolution community of Livejournal.

I was inspired to write this essay by a post made here. I hope the person doesn't feel upset with this: I know she meant to harm by saying that Saint-Just is at least "pretty and pouty" -- God knows that I'm guilty of that, that I said it, that I swooned over Christopher Thompson and that I wrote that sort of description ad nauseam in my older fics. I'm not judging, but responding, completing this view so that we all better know who was/may have been Saint-Just, how he is represented nowadays (or even, since the Thermidorian Reaction) and why I believe that the Saint-Just played by George Maguire in Terror! Robespierre and the French Revolution is wrong, offensive and heinous.

Read the manifesto.
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No worries, I'm not offended in the least. I completely agree with you that the programme's portrayal of St Just was hopelessly inadequate - hence my sarcasm about 'pretty and pouting'. :-)