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The historical detective novel by Elena Rudenko
Maximilien Robespierre, an eminent figure of the Great French revolution, is usually represented as a gloomy, embittered, bloodthirsty tyrant - a malicious genius of the revolution. That is totally inaccurate! He was a nice, sociable, amorous man.
The Riddle of Ermenonville is a historical detective novel about the young Robespierre, a student of Sorbonne at that time.
Maximilien Robespierre arrives in a small borough of Ermenonville to spend his vacation there. However, he doesn't get a chance to have a rest. Henri, his fellow traveler, is murdered. Then Maximilien learns that there's also imminent danger to the life of the great philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. The young man tries to avert his death.
Falling in love with Madeleine, a young girl of noble birth, brings him a lot of emotional experience.