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VIVE LA RESISTANCE Our Revolution: the animosity, terror, and tales of the times.

LA 17E D ’ OCTOBRE, 1793 The execution of

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Marie Antoinette

MARIE ANTOINETTE LOSES HER HEAD The people of France have

- we’re free of her! France

France; however, if we all

finally removed the thorn of

will surely be more careful

work together, we can surely

Marie Antoinette, an excru-

with her selection of royals,

succeed. Marie Antoinette’s

ciating pain in our Lady

as we do not wish to have

death was merely the first

France's side. Her recent

such distain and despair for

step in our endeavors. As

execution has brought a new

our so-called “leaders” ever time progresses, we, the

light on France. Marie was

again. We have been taxed

people of France, shall

executed on the scaffold on

beyond belief by the royals

surely regain our strength,

the sixteenth of October. She

to pay for their habits, hob-

prosperity, finances, and

has long been a nuisance

bies, addictions, parties, and hopes. We will not let any

upon us, throwing France

we refuse to support this

ruler rule us we disapprove

into a debt that her people

system any longer. Thank-

of. Vive la resistance!

will struggle to repay

fully, our first action, exe-

throughout all their days.

cution of the offenders, has

Since the little demon child

been accomplished. Now, we high- she shall reign no

intruded when she was but a

can proceed to restore our-

babe, she’s caused nothing

selves to our former pros-

but financial demise for us.

perity. To restore ourselves

« Elle est vraiment mal pour

She came here as a peace

will be a great effort that

les hommes français. »

offering, but she’s caused us

must include each person in

great unrest. What a joy it is

The guillo- 2 tine – a humane punishment?

Storming of 3 the Bastille

“We hold the devil’s head

more.”

-Jaune Sel

-Jacque Pannier

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The Guillotine: automatic death or few moments of suffering? I stood near the towering contraption. They hacked at my ponytail. A board was placed in front of me &

an excerpt from a report from Dr. Beaurieux at the execution of Henri Languille, on June 28,1905: ”I waited for

tight constricting belts were strapped around me. They put me down on the plank and slid me to my death place. With that the commoners erupted with

several seconds. The spasmodic moments ceased. It was then that I called in a strong, sharp voice: “Languille!” I saw the eyelids slowly lift up. Without

cheers. There was blood on the platform that I was looking down upon. A scary, gory scene it was. The

spasmodic contractions – I insist advisedly on the peculiarity – but with an even movement, quite distinct

smell was awful. They pulled the wood that held my head in place down around my neck. My name was read along with my charges. Rude, obscene things

and normal, such as happens in everyday life, with people awakened or torn from their thoughts.” With this, you start to wonder. Do they feel the pain? Or

were being yelled from the crowd. The rope was pulled. The sound of the blade coming towards my

do they not? How long a person stays conscious after being decapitated is debatable. They may feel and ex-

neck made me regret the laws I had broken. Chop! The sound of the guillotine claiming its next

perience the pain or the decapitation and they may have

victim echoes over the town square. His head was raised in the air. Many claimed the eyes opened and closed, & that the mouth moved like a live man. But

ing.

did they really? Research says it ’s possible. Here is

“I was so nervous the first time I went to witness a decapitation– I thought I’d hear a blood-curdling scream of agony. I thought, “There is no way that the guillotine is a painless death. It simply can’t be. After all, it IS a giant blade cutting your head off.” -Victre Abelle

emotions the same as those before knowing you are dy-


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STORMING OF THE BASTILLE The 3rd estate formed a mob and they killed some of the guards and it was a blood fest. Rumors say that they were mad because they had to pay taxes unlike the 1st and 2nd estate. They cut off people’s heads and placed them on pikes and paraded around. It was a symbol of abuse in the monarchies. France was in an economic crisis at this time. The commoners formed a National Guard. The main reason they broke in to the Bastille is because it was armed with weapons. But things got way out of control. The king was informed of all the events that occurred. But he was aware of it the next day, which did not do any justice. De Launay was seized and dragged towards the Hotel De Ville in a storm of abuse. He said ‘ ’enough! Let me die!’ ’. So he was stabbed repeatedly. The total crowd was less than 1000. The prison only had 7 people there annoyed by all the disturbance. The king was only informed of the storming the next morning by the Duke of La Rochefoucauld "Is it a

revolt?" asked Louis XVI. The duke replied: "No sire, it is a revolution. The king and his troops backed down. Leader of the 3rd estate became the mayor. Lois fired his finance manager for being sympathetic to the 3rd estate. Long Live The king was changed to Long Live The Nation. Louis XVI was forced to reinstate Jacques Necker as the Finance Minister to appease the people. He also accepted a tricolor cockade from Jean -Sylvain Bailly. The foreign troops were pulled from Paris. It caused more than 100 deaths. Another effect is symbolic. It symbolized the victory of French people over the ancient regime. It signaled the beginning of a French Revolution. It’s now what we call ‘ ’Bastille day’’.


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THE LIFE OF MARIE ANTOINETTE Marie Antoinette wears a simple dress, or an expensive dress, and she would also wear a pummel to shape the dress. She sometimes wore a hat, or a choker. She would wear shoes like slippers, and lack stockings. She wears a corset or stay, at night she will wear a frilly nightie. She gives herself a visible autonomy and personal force that tradition didn’t prove. She promoted radical new ones through her public persona, in the modern, celebrity-culture-culture way- and that’s why we like her today. The fashion she followed was moreover the new commercial mode of the larger society, not the old hermetic style of courtiers using their rich garb to reflect the sun king. She began clothing and wielding her body to attract the forms of respect she understood. Thin white chemises came into fashion everywhere in Europe around 1780 and stayed for nearly 40 years. Marie Antoinette wore her one increasingly stained and frayed black mourning ensemble day and night for two long months. She rode to her death wearing a brand- new white chemise she had secretly saved, a pretty white fichu around her shoulders, and a pleated white cap on her prematurely white hair. The popular subject has been trivially belabored by numerous cultural-studies academics with no personal stake in dress history or in actual garments. She doffed her unfashionable togs for the latest in French couture from the house of rose bertin. She had nearly 300 dresses made annually for her various social engagements at the court of Versailles.

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