Plain, the

Plain, the,

in French history, term designating the independent members of the National Convention during the French RevolutionFrench Revolution,
political upheaval of world importance in France that began in 1789. Origins of the Revolution

Historians disagree in evaluating the factors that brought about the Revolution.
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. The name was applied to them because, in contrast to the radical MountainMountain, the,
in French history, the label applied to deputies sitting on the raised left benches in the National Convention during the French Revolution. Members of the faction, known as Montagnards [Mountain Men] saw themselves as the embodiment of national unity.
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, they occupied the lower benches of the chamber. The Plain was a leaderless mass and a pliable instrument, but it was numerically in the majority and consequently determined many votes. It played an important role in bringing about the overthrow (9 Thermidor; July 27, 1794) of Maximilien RobespierreRobespierre, Maximilien Marie Isidore
, 1758–94, one of the leading figures of the French Revolution. Early Life

A poor youth, he was enabled to study law in Paris through a scholarship.
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, but after this effort it again lost its cohesion.
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The death-like stillness of the plain, the dogs keeping watch, the gipsy-group of Gauchos making their beds round the fire, have left in my mind a strongly-marked picture of this first night, which will never be forgotten.
In the Ganga Alluvial Plain, the active floodplains of most of the rivers are narrow and entrenched within the broad river valleys, which are located south of the mega fan surfaces that correspond to the Himalayan rivers meeting the Ganga River.
Although Walker attached Cromwell's head to an elegantly apparelled body, the head itself is plain, the hair uneven, the chin spotted with tufts of hair.