Christopher Sinclair-Stevenson

Heads Will Roll

The Terror: Civil War in the French Revolution

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This sounds familiar: ‘There is no doubt that he was a good man and a loving father and husband, nor that he had the intellectual capacity to cope with affairs of state. He was, however, a vacillator, often unable to decide between conflicting courses of action, anxious to avoid confrontation, and inclined to give his backing to whoever had had the last word, whatever their merits.’ He was often heard to say, ‘I want to be loved.’

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