flight to varennes
Marie Antoinette

The flight to Varennes

As the situation spiralled out of control, a plan was hatched to allow the family to escape. Marie Antoinette told the Count of Mercy in early May, “Our situation here is frightful, in a way that those who do not have to endure it cannot hope to understand.” The plan was set in motion. The [read more]

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Elisabeth of France (1764 - 1794)

The execution of King Louis XVI

Marie Antoinette’s husband, King Louis XVI, was officially arrested on 13 August 1792 and sent to the Temple prison. Much like in Versailles, his life was governed by a daily routine. His jailers observed his every move, which they reported to the press. Louis began his day between 6 and 7 o’clock, shaved and dressed [read more]