16.3.09

Capture at Varennes

Before I was a monarchist, I admired the Royal family of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette.

Elena-Maria posted today this missive 0n the flight to Varennes. Orchestrated by Count Von Fersen and the Baron Breteuil, the Royal family escaped from Tuilleries in the company of Madame Elizabeth and Marquise de Tourzel. This escape that suffered almost from the beginning from wrong turns, relief horses not ready, escorts going astray, and the mistake of a supporter of the King calling him "Sire", all of which conspired to return the King and royal family back into the hands of their enemies.

...On June 21, 1791, Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette, and their family were captured at Varennes after escaping from the Tuileries in Paris. The King begged the the grocer Sauce and his family not to hand them over to the authorities, saying:

I am your King; this is the Queen and the royal family. Surrounded in the capital by daggers and bayonets, I have come to the country, into the midst of my faithful subjects, to seek the peace and liberty you all enjoy. I could not stay in Paris; it would have been death to myself and my family. I have come to live among you my children, whom I will not forsake....Save my wife, save my children." (Webster,
Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette during the Revolution, p.149)...more


Thanks and a tip the Beret to Elena-Maria.
Dieu le Roy,
Brantigny

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