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I stumbled over a German newspaper article a few months ago that brings new attention to the vita of our trusted acquaintance, Robespierre.


According to Der Spiegel, it seems very plausible that Robespierre suffered from a rare disease of the inner organs, Sarcoidosis. The effects of the disease are profoundly unpleasant, but not deadly. Still, it sheds some light on Robespierre’s later years, and the many theories that surround the state of his health: With Robespierre, we have a man who was struggling to keep up with his duties, every day, while dealing with a disease neither he nor his contemporaries could possibly understand or heal.