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Massacre of the Priests

Print of crowd attacking and killing clergy and prisoners


This image, also reproduced from the newspaper R*volutions de Paris, shows crowds massacring refractory clergy and prisoners. The panels depict the former convent of the Carmelites (where 163 were killed) and the prison known as the Force, which had formerly been used to incarcerate prostitutes, where approximately 300 defrocked clergy were executed.


Title in French
Carmes du Luxembourg ; Hotel de la Force: Massacre des Prêtres


Michel Hennin. Estampes relatives à l'Histoire de France. Tome 128, Pièces 11231-11307, période : 1792

Extract From: Révolutions de France et de Brabant, et des royaumes qui, demandant une Assemblée nationale, et arborant la cocarde, mériteront une place dans ces fastes de la liberté

Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie, RESERVE FOL-QB-201 (128)

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