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History of Europe, Vol. 3

History of Europe, Vol. 3

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Excerpt from History of Europe, Vol. 3: From the Commencement of the French Revolution in 1789 to the Restoration of the Bourbons in 1815

The fate Of the Princess Lamballe was particularly de plorable. Tenderly attached to the Queen, she at first, at 31. Her own desire, shared her captivity, but was afterwards, Death Ofthe by orders Of the municipality, separately confined in the gfifii. Petit Force. When the assassins arrived at' her cell, she was Offered her life if she would swear hatred to the King and Queen: she refused, and was instantly dragged out Over a pile Of dead bodies, stepping up to the ankles in blood, and then desired to cry Vive Ia Nation Speechless with horror, she could not articulate and was instantly struck down. One of her domestics, whom she had loaded with benefits, gave the first blow. Her graceful figure was instantly stripped of all its clothing, and exposed in that state for two hours to the gaze Of the populace her head was then cut Off and,the body torn in pieces - the frag ments put on the end Of pikes, and paraded through different parts of the city. The head, which, according to' the custom Of the time, was carefully powdered, was raised on a lance, and first carried to the palace Of the Duke Of 2 Bert. De Orleans, who rose from dinner and smiled at the ghastly i133? Spectacle it was next conveyed to the Temple, and Pr. Hist, i. Paraded before the windows Of Louis XVI. Ignorant Of what had passed, and attracted by the noise, the King, at the desire Of one Of the commissioners Of the munic' 1' m' 8'

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