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Massacre of the Prisoners of St. Germain Abbey

Woodcut print of massacre at Saint-Germain Abbey


In one of the most widely reported incidents of the September massacres, a "jury" of twelve "commissioners" was formed spontaneously in the Saint–Germain Abbey to judge the refractory clergy held there as prisoners. After an interrogation and threats of "prealable interrogation" (a form of torture used by the Inquisition), the convicted criminals were put to death in the name of "the people." The event was discussed favorably by the radical newspaper, the R*volutions de Paris. This woodcut appeared alongside the article.


Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie, RESERVE QB-370 (29)-FT 4 [De Vinck, 4961

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

de Vinck. Un siècle d'histoire de France par l'estampe, 1770-1870. Vol. 29 (pièces 4856-5017), Ancien Régime et Révolution

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