Execution of Marie Antoinette

Execution of Marie Antoinette

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  • Execution of Marie Antoinette's husband, King Louis XVI, January 21, 1793, Place de la Revolution, Paris . He is surrounded by the Parisian guard  in order to ensure a peaceful  execution.
  • Marie Antoinette is indicted in August of  1793. She then spends  two and a half months in a squalor dungeon cell where she suffers and is refused visitation from her children.
  • On October 14, 1793, Marie Antoinette is accused of treason and  obscene rumors about her are treated as fact in her trial.   When accused of committing incest with her son she gave this moving testimony: 
  • “I thought that human nature would excuse me from answering such an imputation, but I appeal from it to the heart of every mother here present.”
  • Marie's verdict however, was certain from the start of her trial. She is found guilty and  sentenced to death by guillotine .
  • Guilty!
  • Marie Antoinette then spends her remaining days in her prison cell. On the morning of her execution she writes her final letter to her sister-in-law Elizabeth. 
  • Marie Antoinette was executed  on October  16, 1793. She was brought to Place de la Revolution in an open wagon which allowed the surrounding crowd to jeer at her and   humiliate  her.
  • Vive la République!
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