Even though Tale of Two Cities is a fiction novel, most of the information about the Reign of Terror is true.
One thing that is mentioned in the novel is the Law of the Suspects. This law was created on September 17, 1793. Its purpose was to allow the Revolutionary Tribunal to arrest anyone who is suspected of treason or of activities similar to it. After many of these people were arrested they were sent to be guillotined. It has been estimated that over 200,000 people were arrested during the time of the Reign of Terror.
The Reign of Terror finally ended in 1974. This was mainly because of the overthrow of Robespierre on July 27, 1974. Then there was a period in France called the "White Terror." In this time, many of the leaders of the Revolution were executed along with other terrorist in France. It has been said that if there would have never been a Reign of Terror, anarchy would have ruled France for many years.