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King Louis XVI of France Executed by Guillotine – 1793

King Louis XVI of France Executed by Guillotine – 1793

King Louis XVI’s last day went as follows: he woke up at 5:00 o’clock in the morning, got dressed and then confessed with Father Henry, an Irish Catholic priest. After that, the priest held a Mass, the last one in the king’s life…

On this day, during the French Revolution, King Louis XVI was executed on the Revolution Square in Paris (Place de la Concorde today). The king’s last day went as follows: he woke up at 5:00 o’clock in the morning, got dressed and then confessed to Father Henry Essex Edgeworth de Firmont, an Irish Catholic priest. After that, the priest held a Mass, the last one in the king’s life.

The king and the priest then climbed into a green carriage and were escorted trough the streets of Paris to the scaffold. They were driving for more than an hour and the carriage was preceded by drummers and followed by a cavalry troop with drawn sabers. Members of the National Guard were lined up on the carriage route. When they reached the scaffold, the king rather courageously stepped on it and said: “I die innocent of all the crimes laid to my charge; I Pardon those who have occasioned my death; and I pray to God that the blood you are going to shed may never be visited on France!”

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