Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Death of a King and Start of a Reign of Terror.

Today marks the anniversary of the judicial murder of Louis XVI on the charge of treason. Wiki gives a nice group of eyewitness accounts here Subsequent to this the guillotine began working assiduously and France was drenched in blood. I am in the camp that believes Louis XVI would have been executed whether he tried to flee France or not. Nonetheless, it is a singular death that opened the floodgates for many more. The Revolution inspired Bolsheviks certainly killed the Tsar and his family in emulation a century and a quarter later. Rivers of blood, vast wars and more than two decades would pass but a Bourbon would again sit the throne of France.

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