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Victor Hugo’s “Ninety-Three” (1874) | Stephen Basdeo

Thus the guillotine had a right to say to the tower: “I am thy daughter.”[1] …So wrote Victor Hugo in Ninety-Three (1874). By the time that Hugo had published Ninety-Three—his final novel—he had been witness to some of the defining events...

Victor Hugo’s “The Last Day of a Condemned Man” (1829)

Last week Google celebrated the life of Victor Hugo (1802-85) with some quirky illustrations on its masthead, so I thought I would do the same by writing a post on an early novel by Hugo entitled The Last Day of a Condemned Man (1829). Two of the cartoons...

A full and true account of the surprising trial…

The woodcut shows a man under the guillotine with the executioner’s hand on the rope ready to release the blade. Title: A full and true account of the surprising trial and condemnation of his most Christian Majesty Louis XVI … Publication: Norwich...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 22 Jan 2016

The National Razor

I have, it would appear, acquired something of a reputation for liking the more grisly aspects of history. Perhaps it is my prized miniature guillotine, perhaps the number of salon visitors who ended their days beneath the blade of that iconic instrument...

Sleeping Beauty’s Daughter – Émilie de Sainte-Amaranthe

Emilie de Sainte-Amaranthe. Sadly, not much is known about Émilie, who was reputed to be one of the most beautiful women in Paris in the early 1790s. She was born Charlotte-Rose-Émilie Davasse de Saint-Amarand on the 18th July 1775 in Paris and although...
From: Madame Guillotine on 18 Jul 2014

Charlotte Corday and the Murder of Marat

At 7am on the morning of Sunday, the 13th July 1793, a young woman, just twenty five years of age, with neatly arranged curling chestnut hair and clear blue eyes walked with a firm and steady tread through the already busy sun warmed streets of Paris...
From: Madame Guillotine on 17 Jul 2014

Lucile Desmoulins – a revolutionary romance

Lucile Desmoulins, Boilly, c1791. Photo: Musée Carnavalet/Melanie Clegg. Anne Lucile Philippa Laridon-Duplessis was born in Paris in 1771 to a rich financier Étienne-Claude Duplessis-Laridon and his wife Anne-Françoise-Marie Boisdeveix. She had one...
From: Madame Guillotine on 13 Apr 2014

Madame du Barry, 8th December 1793

Madame du Barry, Richard Cosway, 1790s. On this day in 1793, Madame du Barry, the final mistress of Louis XV was taken from her cell in the Conciergerie, whence she had been transferred from the far more salubrious prison of Sainte Pélagie two days...
From: Madame Guillotine on 8 Dec 2013

Marie Antoinette on the way to the guillotine

Marie Antoinette on the Way to the Guillotine, JL David, 1793. Photo: Musée Louvre. ‘The majority of the crowd was curiously silent until she reached the Rue St Honoré, where the stalwarts of the Revolution, the worst of the poissardes were waiting...
From: Madame Guillotine on 16 Oct 2013

Marie Antoinette, 16th October 1793

The woman appears much older than her thirty seven years, dressed in a shabby rusty black gown with a patina of faded mould around the hem and a crumpled fichu arranged around her shoulders, she looks exhausted and pale as she slumps on the rough wooden...
From: Madame Guillotine on 16 Oct 2013

A hint to the blind & foolish, or The Bourbon dynasty in danger!

Printmaker: Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878, printmaker. Title: A hint to the blind & foolish, or The Bourbon dynasty in danger! [graphic] / G. Cruikshank fect. Published: [London] : Pubd. March 10th 1823 by J. Fairburn, Broadway, Ludgate Hill, London,...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 18 Jul 2013

Mercredi 16th Octobre 1793.

The woman appears much older than her thirty seven years, dressed in a shabby rusty black gown with a patina of faded mould around the hem and a crumpled fichu arranged around her shoulders, she looks exhausted and pale as she slumps on the rough wooden...
From: Madame Guillotine on 16 Oct 2012

Chapelle Expiatoire, Paris

Tucked away on the Rue Pasquier in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, there is a small park that holds a precious secret – an exquisite little chapel behind a high wall that serves as a memorial to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Above the entrance...
From: Madame Guillotine on 4 Aug 2012

A visit to the Conciergerie, Paris.

The Conciergerie is a familiar, brooding site alongside the Seine in Paris. Its fat turrets give it the quaintly charming appearance of a fairytale palace, which is ironic considering its past as the most feared prison during the French Revolutionary...
From: Madame Guillotine on 3 Aug 2012

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