I have just acquired the "must-have" 2016 biography of Robespierre by Hervé Leuwers. .
Since there is no translation yet, and hardly even a book review in English, I thought a I would translate this interview which I found (from the website of the newspaper L'Humanité).
Hervé Leuwers teaches at the University of Lille III, and has written widely on French legal history. He is chief editor of the Annales historiques de la Révolution française.
What was your starting point?The initial inspiration for the book was the availability of new archive resources, in particular, unedited judicial memoirs which shed new light on Robespierre's career as a lawyer in Arras.
I also felt that it was time for a new approach. I wanted to avoid the reduction of Robespierre's life to the years 1793-4 and to recover his identity as "a man of the 18th century".