16.10.08

Death of Marie-Antoinette

Elena-Maria Vidal share her insights on the death of Marie-Antoinette today on her blog.

Here also on the 16th of October, 1793 fell a once beauteous head- now whitened by sorrow not by age- and venerable for the angelic purity and patience, the royal courage and Christian submission with which it had exchanged the most brilliant crown of the world for a crown of thorns, and that again for the crown of martyrdom. Here died the QUEEN- one of the noblest and the purest, and yet, if human judgments be alone weighed, the most unfortunate of women- tried in almost every possible agony of affliction- except a guilty conscience- and in that exception finding the consolation for all. She arrived at this scene of her last and greatest triumph, jolted in a common cart, and ascended the scaffold amidst the vociferations of a crowd of furies, whom we hesitate to acknowledge as of her own sex. Never in that gorgeous palace, on which she now cast a last calm look, did she appear more glorious- never was she so really admirable as she was at that supreme moment of her earthly release. ~from History of the guillotine. Revised from the 'Quarterly review.' By John Wilson Croker more...

Again in the portrait we see Marie-Antoinette, on her way to the guillotine, next to her is the juring priest. History does not tell us if her death had any impact on him, or if he ever renounced his error and returned to the faith. We can only pray that it did.

The Queen, her hair shorn in a white dress, modestly covers her modesty even now. She appears rather resigned, and does not scream for mercy from a merciless crowd who are much less modest than she. She would appear as though she were going to meet God as a bride, and is looking forward to joining her husband.

Thus a tragedy is recorded this date, 1793...

Jhesu+Marie,
de Brantigny

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