Welcome to the Saint-Ravachol archive


Ravachol spent his life as a sort of criminal jack-of-all-trades—smuggler, counterfeiter, grave-robber, murderer, bomber—and then, at the end of that career, was made a secular saint, “the violent Christ of anarchy.” And he was hardly the only one of the illegalists and attentateurs who was subsequently mythologized. Indeed, in the long war between anarchists and the agents of capitalism and the state, mythology has been a tool used on both sides. The items collected here are drawn from that war and are part of a literature in which history and myth are often inextricable. The collection includes items previously contained in the archives Relics of Saint-Ravachol and A Beautiful Nihilist.

Related links:


  • “Ravachol est le héros du jour,” Gazette Anecdotique 7 (April 15, 1892): 193–194. (FR/EN)
  • “Un autographe de Ravachol,” l’Echo de Lyon 4 no. 1087 (July 12, 1892): 1. (FR/EN)

George Etiévant:

  • “Une Lettre d’Etiévant,” L’Universe no. 11,097 (June 17, 1898): 3. (FR/EN)

Emile Henry:

  • Emile Henry, “Comrades of l’En Dehors,” L’En Dehors, no. 69, August 28, 1892. (EN)


  • “Une Bagarre Boulevard Barbès,” Le Petit Parisien 17 no. 5819 (October 2, 1892): 2. (FR/EN)
  • “The Anti-Anarchist Bomb-proof Clockwork Substitute Ruler,” The Athenaeum no. 3743 (July 22, 1899): 138. (EN)


A Beautiful Nihilist:

General & Introductory

Mlle. Achristoff

  • “The Nihilist Rebellion” (1879) [coming soon]

Sophie Bardin

Vera Figner

Mme. Frowdeinki

Gesya Gelfman

Olga Gobieslawska

Olga Gontcharenko

“The girl Goukoffski, aged 15”

Sophie Gunsberg

Olga Ivanovsky

Wanda Krahelska-Filipowicz

Olga Lubotovitch

Sophie Perovskaya

Vera Sassulitch

Misc. Clippings




  • Oscar Wilde, Vera; or, The Nihilists (1881)
  • Stepniak, The New Convert (Novoobrashchennyi)(1897)



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