Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS
Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution
TimelineGlobal Revolution
Royal LifeAbout the Film
Famous Faces

The Warmonger: Jacques Pierre Brissot

The Warmonger: Jacques Pierre Brissot Jacques-Pierre Brissot was born at Chartres, France, on January 15, 1754. He worked as a Parisian lawyer and a journalist, writing for and starting numerous European newspapers.

Adhering to the philosophies of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and devoted to the cause of humanity, Brissot was an ardent anti-slavery crusader, and was briefly imprisoned in the Bastille for publishing anti-government materials. Brissot emerged early as a vocal supporter of the French Revolution.

A member of the Legislative Assembly and National Convention, he held a relatively moderate stance, supporting a constitutional monarchy. Brissot’s followers, first dubbed the Brissotins, eventually became known as the Girondins.

Brissot’s acumen with foreign affairs made him a prominent member of the Legislative Assembly’s diplomatic committee. The declarations of war against Austria, Prussia, and Great Britain were largely attributed to Britton. After these unsuccessful declarations, Brissot was removed from the National Convention. Like many Girondin leaders, he was guillotined in Paris during the Reign of Terror in 1793.

Famous Faces

Rumors and RevolutionThe Teen Queen: Marie AntoinetteHis Royal Hesitancy: Louis XVIThe Iron Fist: Maria TheresaSwede on the Side: Axel von FersenThe Queen's Crony: Princesse de LamballeMonsieur Moneybags: Jacques NeckerPass the Buck Chuck: Charles-Alexandre de CalonneMad Max: Maximilien RobespierreThe Warmonger: Jacques Pierre BrissotDear Abbe: Emmanuel Joseph SieyèsCrooked Cardinal: Cardinal de RohanAmerica's Sweetheart: Marquis de Lafayette
Explore Versailles Queen's Chamber

Reign of Terror
Read about the violent repression of Revolution enemies.

Global Revolution
Investigate revolutions and rebellions around the globe.

Fact or Fiction Quiz