Re: Marie Antoinette Beheaded on this date October 16, in 1793
- May she Rest In Peace with her family and children.
From: axel <Rand103242@...>
Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 1:50 PM
Subject: Marie Antoinette Beheaded on this date October 16, in 1793
When she rode to her death on October 16, 1793, many gasped … for Marie Antoinette was just 38, but the crowd saw (as artist David sketched) an old hag in peasant garb, ragged and grey – a stark contrast to elegant and voluptuous Queen of Trianon, the child of fortune, she had been just 4 years earlier. Marie Antoinette's hair had been roughly shorn, her with hands tied tight behind her back, as she rode in the garbage cart amid the crowd's whistles and jeers. Yet, the poor woman sat straight and tried to retain her dignity. To the end, Marie Antoinette displayed a queen's bearing and courage, in the face of all adversity.
After her final ordeal, the body of Marie Antoinette was harshly pushed on to the guillotine plank, her head placed in the vice and at noon the blade fell to loud cheers all round. In the words of a revolutionary organ, "Never has Piere Duchesne seen such joy as seeing that [expletive] whore's head separated from her [expletive] crain's neck". Sanson held her bleeding head high for all to see. Later her head was throne in the cart between her legs. The body of Marie Antoinette was left on the grass before being dumped in an unmarked grave. So ended the life of once the most illustrious and glamorous woman in all Europe.
The above are the final two paragraphs of a biography of Marie Antoinette that I wrote which appears on the web here - http://www.marie-antoinette.org/articles/biography_english/