Jacques-Rene Hebert

Hébert was a radical journalist with his popular, inflammatory journal Le Père Duchesne. It was through his publication that he vocalised his opposition to the monarchy, and furthermore his journal acted as his platform for vitriolic attacks against those who he perceived to be counter-revolutionaries as well as his own political opponents. Hébert was a member of both the Cordeliers and the Jacobins, and was a member of the Insurrectionary Commune.

He self-identified as the champion of the Parisian poor and was instrumental in passing the Law of Suspects. He was the leader of the de-Christianisation campaign and within this, also galvanised the support of the sans-culottes. As such, he was considered to be an ultra-revolutionary and a threat to Robespierre from the Left. This made him into a danger to the stability of the Revolutionary Government and the National Convention, leading to his arrest in 1794. Hébert was executed in March 1794, along with his supporters who were known as Hébertists or the Enragés.


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De-Christianisation Campaign