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I kneel in order to lie upon their board, and they help my body to lie straight. So lay my noble husband nine months ago; I but follow. … The sled slides forward—the basket—no need to hold on—I open my hands resting on the small of my back—the basket—I had friends, loving friends (I am not afraid)

—Abundance: a Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund

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I’ve always wondered about this engraving of Marie Antoinette being taken to the scaffold that depicts the queen with a veil on her head… earlier this week I was reading up on revolutionary pamphlets about the queen’s execution, and I think I found a potential source for the veil:
There are a few revolutionary publications that claim Marie Antoinette, being denied a carriage, requested a ‘veil to place over her head to hide herself from the people’s anger.’ It may be that the artist read one of these publications and misunderstood, or heard the details wrong through the grapevine.

I’ve always wondered about this engraving of Marie Antoinette being taken to the scaffold that depicts the queen with a veil on her head… earlier this week I was reading up on revolutionary pamphlets about the queen’s execution, and I think I found a potential source for the veil:

There are a few revolutionary publications that claim Marie Antoinette, being denied a carriage, requested a ‘veil to place over her head to hide herself from the people’s anger.’ It may be that the artist read one of these publications and misunderstood, or heard the details wrong through the grapevine.

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Marie Antoinette felt that infamous hand flutter at her neck; she made a sudden movement and stepped on Sanson’s foot as he was busy, unbeknownst to her, tying her to the deadly frame. Sanson pulled his foot away.

"Pardon me, monsieur," said the Queen. "I didn’t do it on purpose."

Those were the last words uttered by the Daughter of the Caesers, the Queen of France, the widow of Louis XVI. The quarter hour after midday rang out from the clock at the Tuileries. And at that very moment Marie Antoinette fell into eternity.

The Knight of Maison-Rouge by Alexandre Dumas

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