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The Queen of Louis XVI King of France at the Guillotine, 16 October 1793

Engraving of Marie Antoinette at the guillotine

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An idealized portrait of Marie Antoinette at the moment of death. Unlike the pale, aged woman the contemporaries observed, this later print memorialized a beautiful, absolutely pure, woman. While in life she had been assailed as a lesbian, a pedophile, and an adulteress with men, here she is being depicted as nearly a saint. Indeed, a great problem that the revolutionaries had was that, as they executed those they thought guilty, they also referred them to martyrdom and ultimately to a good chance for rehabilitation.

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"The Queen of Louis XVI King of France at the Guillotine, 16 October 1793," in World History Commons, https://worldhistorycommons.org/queen-louis-xvi-king-france-guillotine-16-october-1793 [accessed November 26, 2021]