The Execution of Marie Antoinette (1793)

The Execution of Marie Antoinette (1793)

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  • October 14, 1793
  • We will meet in two days, on October 16 we will put you on trial you for the crimes you are accused of. 
  • The Revolutionary Tribunal had pronounced 1,220 death-sentences in thirteen months; during the forty-nine days, 1,376 persons were condemned including many innocent victims.
  • Marie Antoinette was tried by the Revolutionary Tribunal, but some believe the outcome of the trial had been decided in advance by the Committee of Public Safety.
  • October 16, 1793
  • You are found guilty of theft, as well as engaging in sexual behavior, and sending money to Austria must be sentenced to death by guillotine.
  • Guilty!
  • No! Why would my own brother do this to me?!
  • It's not fair they only gave us one day to ready ourelfelves. The worst I expected was life imprisonment not death!
  • You are my lawyer! You were supposed to help me! I can't believe my husband, Louis XVI,  was executed and now me!
  • In the hours left to her, she made a letter to her sister-in-law, Madame Élisabeth, In this letter, she affirmed her clear conscience, her Catholic faith, and her love and concern for her children. but sadly the letter never reached her.
  • To my sister-in-law, Madame Élisabeth...
  • Unlike her husband, she was brought to the execution by a rope leash and had to sit in an open cart.  They made her put on a white dress and her hair was shorn. Moments before the execution, a priest told her to have courage. 
  • Have courage.
  • Courage? The moment when my ills are going to end is not the moment when courage is going to fail me. 
  • Marie Antoinette was guillotined at 12:15 p.m. on October 16, 1793, the same day she was charged. Her last words were "Pardon me, sir, I meant not to do it", she said this to her executioner, Henri Sanson, after she accidentally stepped on his foot.
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