|François Buzot, 1889|
When the Girondists fell during the insurrection that began on 31st May 1793, the radical Buzot fled Paris, hoping to find sanctuary in Normandy. At a trial held in his absence, Buzot was sentenced to death for supposedly conspiring to overthrow the Revolutionary government and with his colleague, Jérôme Pétion de Villeneuve, he went on the run once more.
Eventually the men hid themselves away in Saint-Émilion near Bordeaux, in abject terror for their lives. Here they remained for long months as one by one, the Girondists who had been their colleagues and friends went to the guillotine and for the two men, there was no hope of escape.
Eventually, in utter despair, the pair left their hiding place and went out into the farmland around Saint-Émilion. Here they shot themselves; their corpses were undiscovered for several days and when they were found, had been partially devoured by the wolves who roamed the area. It was an ignominious end for a man who had once moved at the highest levels of the Revolutionary government, is influence stripped like so many others who had stood alongside him.