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This account was provided by the only survivor of the massacre, Abbe Sicard.[xxx]

    One deputy of the convention, Jean
Denis Lanjuinais, estimated that 8,000 Frenchmen were executed on September 2
alone. Another deputy, Jean-Baptiste Louvet de Couvrai, put the number at
28,000.[xxxi]

    Rabid bands of men continued the
savagery for the next five days, busting into nearly every prison in Paris and
carving up the inmates. Not just priests but all prisoners were killed—the
poor, the mad, women, old men, and even young girls. Waiting their turns locked
in their cells, the prisoners could hear the screams of those who preceded
them. The mob spared only two prisons—one for prostitutes and one for debtors,
the mob’s “base.” At one prison, La Conciergerie, 378 of 488 prisoners were
murdered in one day.[xxxii]

    The killers chopped up humans
without pause, except to eat and drink the provisions brought to them by their
wives to help the men “in their hard labors.”[xxxiii]
Revolutionary women would sit on the sidelines, enjoying the butchery and
cheering the men on. As the bodies piled up, women would poke the corpses and
make ribald jokes. Some grabbed severed body parts, such as ears, to wear as
decorations. One revolution-ary thug carved into a noblemn’s chest, pulled out
the heart, and asked, “Do you want to see the heart of an aristocrat?” He then
squeezed some of the blood from the heart into his wine goblet, drank it, and
invited oth-ers to drink from it, too. One young girl was forced to drink human
blood to save the life of her father.[xxxiv]

    The “great attraction” of the
September massacres, according to French historian G. Lenotre, was the
grotesque execution of Marie Gredeler, a prisoner accused of murder. She was
bound to a post, her breasts chopped off and her feet nailed spread-eagle on
the ground, and a bonfire was lit between her legs.[xxxv]

    But for my money, the most chilling
murder of the September massacres was that of Princess Lamballe. This wealthy
young widow had been Marie Antoi-nette’sbest friend and superintendent of the
queen’s household. For the Jacobins, she was the Karl Rove of the Louis XVI
administration. The mob accused the prudish and sensitive princess of all sorts
of monstrous depredations, including a lesbian affair with the queen.

    After the mob attacked the
Tuileries in August 1972, Lamballle had been moved to La Force prison, away
from the royal family. A year earlier, the princess had gone to England to
appeal to the British to save the French monarchy. She had returned to France
out of sheer loyalty to Marie Antoinette. The fact that she wrote her last will
and testament while in England suggests she had an inkling of what was to come.

    On September 3, 1972, Princess
Lamballe was dragged from her prison cell and brought before  a rev-olutionary tribunal presided over by
the brut Jacques Hébert. Hébert had nothing but admiration for the
“sacrilegious excesses” of the revolution, cheerfully announcing that the
universe would soon contain “nothing but a regenerated and enlightened family
of atheists and republicans.”[xxxvi]

    He demanded that the princess swear
“devotion to liberty and to the nation, and hatred to the king and queen,”
threatening her with death if she refused. Lamballe replied that she would take
the first oath but never the second, because “it is not in my heart. The king
and queen I have ever loved and honored.”[xxxvii]

    In the next instant, she was thrown
to the howling mob, gang-raped, and sliced to pieces. Her head, breasts, and
genitalia were chopped off by the sanscu-lottes multitude and her mutilated
corpse was put on public display for the crowd to jeer at and further defile
One beast cut out her heart and ate it “after having roasted it on a
cooking-stove in a wine-shop.” One of her legs was hacked off and fired from a
cannon.[xxxviii]
Her head was taken to a café and placed on a table for the patrons to laugh at.
The princess’s head and geni-talia were then stuck on pikes and paraded past
Marie Antoinette’s prison window, with the mob shouting for Antoinette to kiss
her lover.[xxxix]

    Isn’t this what George Wahsington
would have done?

    The Convention decreed that France
was a Republic on September 21, 1792. One week later, the renowned
seventy-three-year-old French author Jacques Cazotte was guillotined for
counterrevolutionary writ-ings.[xl]
According to two contemporaneous accounts, in September 1792, a Jacobin named
Philip presented a box to the legislative assembly containing the heads of his
mother and father, whom he said he had slayed in a burst of patriotism because
they refused to attend a revolutionary church.[xli]

    This was not a revolution that was
likely to end—as the American Revolution did—with the motto “Annuit coeptis” (He [God] has favored
our undertakings) on its national seal.

    Being totalitarians, the French
revolutionaries were anxious to inflict their ideas on other perfectly nice
countries. In November 1792, the Convention issued the “Edict of Fraternity,”
calling on the people of other countries to overthrow their rulers.[xlii]

    By the end of 1792, the Jacobins
were demanding the king’s head. Louis XVI had already tried to flee Paris, but
the French wouldn’t let him. The entire royal fam-ily had been held captive,
under constant guard, be-hind locked doors in the Temple prison for four
months, and in the Tuileries before that. But that wasn’t enough. Louis XVI was
such an object of hatred for the masses that, at some revolutionary clubs,
mem-bers with the “hideous” name “Louis” were forced to change their names to
“Montagnard,” as a tribute to the most liberal political faction.[xliii]

    The trial of Louis XVI—or “Citizen
Louis Capet”—took place in December 1792, before the entire Na-tional
Convention. Erstwhile American patriot Tho-mas Paine attended as a member of
the Convention. Unknown to the hapless Paine, he was watching the original show
trial. Citizen Capet was charged with a series of crimes that he knew, “as did
his accusers, he had never been party to.”[xliv]
Of course, the principal ac-cusation against him was treason for having been
king—though it was not a crime to be so until that very mo-ment.

    Robespierre was putatively opposed
to capital punishment, but like our liberal friends, he was will-ing to make
exceptions on a case-by-case basis de-pending on the defendant. Fiercely
championing death for the king, he argued that even holding a trial was
“counterrevolutionary” (the French version of “-politically incorrect”).
Robespierre said that Citizen Capet was “a criminal towards humanity” and
killing him was merely “a measure of public safety.” The king “must die,” he
said, “because the country must live.”[xlv]
Johnnie Cochran’s summations made more sense.

    The Convention debated the king’s
fate much the way UCLA faculty debated a resolution to condemn the Iraq War
five days after the fall of Baghdad[xlvi]
(189 for; 7 against; wild applause). After a unanimous vote of guilt, the
Convention then debated whether Louis Capet would be sentenced to detention,
deportation, or death. “Give us the head of that fat pig,” yelled the Jacobins.
“The nation demands his death!”[xlvii]

    Thousands of the sansculottes
ruffians poured into the streets during the trial, shouting for the king’s
death,[xlviii]
because this is how liberals participate in civic affairs. Some wandered inside
to the public seats in the upper balconies to cheer deputies who called for
death and heckle those leaning towards imprisonment. See-ing the bloodthirsty
mobs in the streets, Madame Roland, a supporter of the Revolution, commented
wryly, “what charming freedom we now enjoy in Paris.”[xlix]

    The vote inside went back and forth
for 72 hours,[l]
indicating that even the French revolutionaries were more evenhanded than the
typical college faculty. Finally, the king’s own cousin, with the promising
rev-olutionary name “Phillipe Egalité,” swung the vote by standing and saying,
I vote death.”[li]

    The Convention ordered the king to
be guillotined the following day. So on January 21, 1793, Louis XVI became the
only French king ever to be executed. It will not surprise close observers of
the Left to learn that the deputies had engaged in vote fraud, with thir-teen
votes cast illegally, including tht of the blood-thirsty “angel of death,”
Louis-Antoine-Léon de Saint-Just, who was too young to vote.[lii]

    The night before his execution, the
king said good-bye to his family, giving his children religious instruct-tion
and telling them to forgive his assassins. The next morning at 5 a.m., he took
communion. A few hours after that, the drums began. Hearing the drums,
sig-naling the coming execution, Louis XVI’s priest said, his blood ran cold.[liii]

    Arriving to take the king to the
guillotine was a former priest, Jacques Roux, who had renounced his faith and
joined the most radical revolutionary sect, the Enrages, or “the Rabid.” The
king handed him a package containing some personal effects and his last will
and testament, asking that it be given to his wife. Roux responded, “I have not
come here to do your er-rands, I am here to take you to the scaffold.”[liv]
The king was taken by cart to the guillotine, trailed by a sneer-ing,
catcalling mob.

    After having his hands bound and
his hair cut above the nape of his neck, King Louis XVI ascended the plat-form,
motioned for the drummers to pause, and began to address the crowd. He said, “I
die innocent of all the crimes imputed to me. I pardon the authors of my death,
and pray God that the blood you are about to shed will never fall upon France—“[lv]

    But like an audience of college
liberals, the audience began shouting and the drummers resumed their banging,
so the king could never be heard. They could hear the king any old time whereas
who knew when they might get to yell and hit drums again?

    Once the guillotine blade fully
severed the king’s thick neck, an attendant yanked the head from a bas-ket and
waved it before the crowd while making ob-scene gestures. The people whooped
and cheered, threw their hats in the air, and lined up to dip their
handkerchiefs in the king’s blood. His carcass was dumped in a pit and the body
dissolved with lime.

    Within the next year, the king’s
backstabbing cousin, Mr. Equality, Phillipe Egalité, would himself be
guil-lotined, with the less illustrious final remark: “Merde!”[lvi]
Mdame Roland was also executed, after bowing to the statue of Liberty next to
the guillotine, saying, “Oh Liberty, what crimes are committed in your name!”[lvii]
Thomas Paine would narrowly escape the guillotine and be imprisoned instead. On
the one-year anniver-sary of the king’s execution, the revolutionaries
pre-sided over fetes of celebration, including one in Grasse that featured the
guillotining of a Louis XVI manne-quin.[lviii]

    They had executed a king, but the
French had not yet begun the Reign of Terror. The fact that, after all this,
the Terror was still to come begins to explain why all the bloody totalitarian
dictatorships of the twentieth century have drawn inspiration from Rousseau and
the French Revolution.


[xxx]
Durchmied, 30.

[xxxi]
Goudemetz.

[xxxii]
G. Lenôtre, The Tribunal of the Terror: A
Study of Paris in 1793-1795
(Paperback) (University of Michigan Library,
1909), 37, available at www.ebooksread.com/au-thors-en….

[xxxiii]
Hibbert, 171.

[xxxiv]
Lenôtre, 35-37; Hibbert, 174

[xxxv]
G. Lenôtre, 35-37; Hibbert, 174.

[xxxvi]
Lewis Goldsmith Stewarton, The Female
Revolutionary Plutarch, Containing Biographical, Historical and Revolutionary
Sketches, Characters and Anecdotes
(J. & W. Smith,1808), at 225,
available at books.google.com/books?id=95bz….

[xxxvii]
Charles Duke Yonge, The Life of Marie
Antoinette, Queen of France
(Duke, Project Gutenberg, 2004), available at infomotions.com/etexts/gutenbe….

[xxxviii]
Hibbert, 175.

[xxxix]
See e.g., Durschmied, 31; Hibbert, 175-76.

[xl]
Goudemetz.

[xli]
Ibid., 227. See also Stewarton (Stewarton and Goldsmith say the heads were
present at the Jacobin Club).

[xlii]
Goudemetz.

[xliii]
Kennedy, 169.

[xliv]
Durschmeid, 37.

[xlv]
Maximilien Marie Isidore Robespierre, “Against Granting the King a Trial,” Bartleby’s The Worlds Famous Orations,
Continental Europe (380-1906)
,  
available at www.bartleby.com/268/7/23.html.

[xlvi]
See Shaun Bishop, “Academic Senate Opposes War,” The Daily Bruin, April 14, 2003, available at www.daily-bruin.com/index.php/….

[xlvii]
Durschmied, 38.

[xlviii]
Hibbert, 184.

[xlix]
Ibid., 184-85.

[l]
Ibid., 185

[li] Durschmied,
38.

[lii]
Ibid., 36, 38, n. 19.

[liii]
Hibbert, 186.

[liv]
Ibid., 186-87.

[lv]
E. L. Higgins, ed., The French Revolution
as Told by Contemporaries
(Houghton Mifflin, 1966), 272-73. See al-so,
www.historyguide.org/intellect….
There are various basically similar versions of the king’s brief speech. See
also Hibbert, 118 (“I forgive those who are guilty of my death and I pray God
that the blood which you are about to shed may never be required of France”).

[lvi]
Durschmied, 41, 43.

[lvii]
Hibbert, 224.

[lviii]
Kennedy, 193.


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