Danton and Robespierre were around the same age, were both provincial lawyers before they started out in politics, and were both fanatical revolutionaries who believed in meting out extreme violence to anyone they perceived as enemies of the French Revolution.
In terms of personality, however, the two men couldn't have been more different. Danton was an outgoing, gregarious man, a lover of fine wine and good company. He had a filthy sense of humor which deeply offended the more fastidious Robespierre.
Robespierre himself was a bit of a prig, a bloodless, humorless individual who prided himself on his incorruptibility and his ceaseless devotion to the revolutionary cause. Even at the height of his power, when he was the most feared man in France, Robespierre still lived in modest lodgings with a family that regarded him with something approaching awe.
Danton, on the other hand, was regularly accused of corruption. His enemies never hesitated to point the finger at him, claiming that he...
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