Picture of the Week 4

The Execution of Marie Antoinette

I was just doing a random search of the death of Marie Antoinette (I was actually trying to remember the name of her friend that was piked and shown to Marie while she was locked up) and well I came across this picture that is said to be the actual blade that beheaded Marie Antoinette. I would of never thought that it would of been saved and still to be around after so long but indeed it still is. Its actually very interesting but I think if I were to see it in person I would cry.  I truly believe that neither Marie or her husband deserved to die. Yes they may of made some mistakes (we all do) but to me, taking their lives and treating their children the way they did was not the way to handle what was going on in France. I’m also do wonder if there has been tests done to see if this is really the actual one.

Many French people hated the Queen for her Austrian blood and her expensive tastes. Marie Antoinette was called Madame Deficit and blame was placed on her for the country’s financial problems. As she matured, Marie Antoinette became less frivolous. She tried to change her image by wearing simple gowns and posing for portraits with her children, but her efforts had little effect on the brutal public. In October, she was tried by a mock trial, as was her husband. Marie Antoinette was convicted of treason and sentenced to be guillotined. On October 16, 1793 she was taken through the streets of Paris in an open cart. She maintained her dignity until the bitter end. On the scaffold she accidentally stepped on the executioner’s foot, and her last words were, “Monsieur, I ask your pardon. I did not do it on purpose.”

http://www.fotopedia.com/items/flickr-211244502  (picture)

http://library.thinkquest.org/C006257/revolution/execution_marie.shtml (article above)

Published in: on May 17, 2011 at 4:38 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. What an evil, horrific looking device. My heart also will forever ache for our beloved queen and her precious children.

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