Louis Saint-Just, French Revolutionary Leader, Committee of Public Safety Quoted in The Works of Saint-Just
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Louis Antoine Léon de Saint-Just was a Jacobin leader during the French Revolution. He was a close friend of Maximilien Robespierre and served as his most trusted ally during the period of Jacobin rule (1793–94) in the French First Republic. Saint-Just worked zealously as a legislator and a military commissar, but he achieved his most lasting reputation as the face of the Reign of Terror. He publicly delivered the condemnatory reports that emanated from Robespierre and the Committee of Public Safety, and defended the use of violence against opponents of the government. He supervised the arrests of some of the most famous figures of the Revolution, and saw many of them off to the guillotine. For his unyielding severity, later writers dubbed him the "Angel of Death".