Learning as I go (with the help of my husband) about this very interesting time in France.
Ghastly caricature by James Gillray of Louis XVI being separated from his family. The corpulent Louis clutches a goblet of wine while a haggard and whorish looking Marie Antoinette throws her hands helplessly in the air. Sans culottes gleefully watch a priest give their former King a last prayer. ~ Leah Marie Brown
'Charlotte Corday' Painted by Paul Jacques Aimé Baudry (1860). Corday's decision to kill Jeam-Paul Marat was stimulated not only by her revulsion at the September Massacres, for which she held Marat responsible, but by her fear of an all-out civil war. She believed that Marat was threatening the Republic (through his radical, writings), and that his death would end violence throughout the nation. She also believed that King Louis XVI should not have been executed
Engraving shows French revolutionary Georges Jacques Danton as he...
Engraving (by C.H. Barbant, 1800s) shows French revolutionary Georges Jacques Danton (1759 - 1794) (center) as he defiantly looks over the crowd as he climbs the steps to his execution by guillotine for conspiracy to overthrow the government during the French Revolution, Paris, France, April 5, 1794. He is watched by fellow condemned prisoner Camille Desmoulins (1760 - 1794) (born Lucie Simplice Camille Benoist Desmoulins) (left) and a number of armed soldiers.
STORY Julian R. – AMERICAN GALLERY – 19th Century
Marie-Anne Charlotte de Corday d'Armont (27 July 1768 – 17 July 1793), known to history as Charlotte Corday (French: [kɔʁdɛ]), was a figure of the French Revolution. In 1793, she was executed under the guillotine for the assassination of Jacobin leader Jean-Paul Marat, who was in part responsible, through his role as a politician and journalist, for the more radical course the Revolution had taken.