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What did Marie Antoinette wear to her execution?
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Author:  Rosalie [ Tue Sep 09, 2008 8:38 pm ]
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Yes. I admire her so much: I often think about how she faced death and, honestly, I don't think I could do it with such courage.
Of course Revolutionaries had to find a fault in her attitude; I think they probably hoped to see her scared and trembling, and when it didn't happen, they said she went to guillottine with a contemptuous expression and bravado. Actually, she showed an admirable dignity and a moral force. I read that, while she was climbing the stairs to the guillotine, she accidentally went on the execiutioner's feet and she quietly said: "Sorry, Monsieur, I didn't mean it". Her last words...

Author:  versailles [ Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:46 pm ]
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Here it is:

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Author:  Hellou_Librorum [ Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:50 pm ]
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Merci Versailles.

Author:  versailles [ Thu Sep 11, 2008 12:00 am ]
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Welcome.

Author:  Hellou_Librorum [ Thu Sep 11, 2008 12:11 am ]
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However I believe that is indeed a shift as in underwear.

Author:  versailles [ Thu Sep 11, 2008 11:29 pm ]
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Well yes i was wondering that too.
Its very thin.

Author:  baron de batz [ Fri Sep 12, 2008 9:45 am ]
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That "chemise" that you show Versailles is not the one she wore to the execution, it was one she had in the Temple prison. It was displayed in the recent Paris exhibition. The one she wore to the execution was either buried with her or discarded as she was buried naked from memory. The gravediggers undressed her and left her for two or three days naked lying on the grass of the Madeleine cemetery, head between her legs.

The chemise would of course have been bloodstained as well....

Author:  Délicate fleur [ Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:13 pm ]
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baron de batz wrote:
That "chemise" that you show Versailles is not the one she wore to the execution, it was one she had in the Temple prison. It was displayed in the recent Paris exhibition. The one she wore to the execution was either buried with her or discarded as she was buried naked from memory. The gravediggers undressed her and left her for two or three days naked lying on the grass of the Madeleine cemetery, head between her legs.

The chemise would of course have been bloodstained as well....

This upsets me greatly....I nearly cried with grief and rage.

Author:  Hellou_Librorum [ Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:52 pm ]
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The animals! :angry5: :angry4:

I didn't she was left naked.

God rest her soul. :crybaby:

Author:  dreamoutloud [ Fri Sep 12, 2008 9:04 pm ]
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Everyone who was guillotined was stripped of their clothes by the grave diggers before they were buried, it was procedure.

Author:  annies sis [ Fri Sep 12, 2008 9:36 pm ]
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Its still horrible!

Author:  Hellou_Librorum [ Fri Sep 12, 2008 10:11 pm ]
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I find the notion of stripping the clothes rather peculiar. What if those who were guillitoned had contagious skin conditions and the grave diggers got exposed to them?

Author:  dreamoutloud [ Sat Sep 13, 2008 7:59 am ]
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It was to aid in decomposition, particularly when dealing with mass graves (of the poor before the Revolution and of guillotine victims during). Although Marie Antoinette was not buried in a mass grave, it was standard procedure for people who had been executed and were not being respectably buried by their families. As for picking up nasty diseases... Well, it was never a good job to be a grave digger.

Author:  Hellou_Librorum [ Sat Sep 13, 2008 1:17 pm ]
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Thank you. I did not put decomposition into consideration.

Author:  Délicate fleur [ Sun Sep 14, 2008 4:18 am ]
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dreamoutloud wrote:
Everyone who was guillotined was stripped of their clothes by the grave diggers before they were buried, it was procedure.

I'm not shocked that victims were stripped naked, more so that they left the great last Queen of France lying bare before the world for three days, with her head between her legs. How ignominious!

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