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King and Queen as Two–headed Monster

  • Engraving of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette depicted as a two-headed monster
  • Engraving of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette depicted as a two-headed monster

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The Queen, never popular to begin with in France, also bore the brunt of popular anger in 1792, as seen in images of the King and Queen as animals. This reversal from old regime portrayals of the monarchy is made more remarkable by the fact that beyond 1789 cartoons tried, if somewhat unsuccessfully, to integrate royalty and revolution. One wonders if this dehumanizing of the King and Queen might explain why they became such lightning rods for criticism.

"King and Queen as Two–headed Monster," 1791, Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Translation

Title in French
Les Deux ne font qu'un

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