Bals des victimes
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The Bals des victimes, or victims' balls, were balls that were said to have been put on by dancing societies after the Reign of Terror. To be admitted to these societies and balls, one had to be a near relative of someone who had been guillotined during the Terror. The balls came to prominence after the death of Robespierre, supposedly first being held in early 1795 and first mentioned in popular writing in 1797.
- Thermidorian Reaction
- Hôtel Thellusson, where bals des victimes were organized
- The French Revolution: A History
- Jules Michelet