Sunday, January 4, 2015
JANUARY 4 = Louis XVI & Marie Antoinette in Captivity
In January of 1790, a British Country Squire named Arthur Young (left) was traveling through Europe. France had recently been convulsed by the events of the French Revolution which had resulted in the King himself, Louis XVI, and his whole family being imprisoned in their fabulous palace outside Paris, the Tuileries. Young, for whom this was an unbelievable sight, the once mighty King of France reduced to the status of mere prisoner in a gilded cage, remarked on the appearance of the King his Queen, Marie Antoinette, and their son when he saw them on January 4, 1790:
"After breakfast walk in the gardens of the Tuileries, where there is the most extraordinary sight that either French or English eyes could
"The King is as plump as ease can render him..."
"A mob followed her talking very loud, and paying no other apparent respect than that of taking off their hats wherever she passed, which was indeed more than I expected. Her Majesty (below) does not
Louis and his family attempted to escape France in June of 1791. But their plan fell through and they were re-captured. With this attempt to escape, Louis lost all hold he had on popular respect or sympathy. He went to the guillotine on January 21, 1793, and his Queen followed him there on October 16 of that year. The Dauphin - Louis Charles - was kept in prison wherein he died at age 10, in 1795.
"Eyewitness to History", Edited by John Carey, Avon Books, New York, 1987.