She who pwns people with history

A series of prints made in 1794, from the collection of the British Museum, showing the events leading up to the execution of Madame Elisabeth.

In the first, the guards burst in on her and her niece, Marie Therese Charlotte, in their rooms in the Temple Prison. Inexplicably, Louis Charles appears to be present even though he had long ago been forcibly taken from his family.

In the second, she is being taken from the Conciergerie to her execution, where she would be forced to watch everyone else condemned to die with her be killed first.

In the last one, she is in front of the guillotine itself. When she was finally strapped to the board, her shawl fell off and she exclaimed to the executioner: “In the name of your mother, sir, cover me”.

Those would be her last words.

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