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Wednesday, July 05, 2006
One of the gruesome horrors of the French Revolution was the death of the Princesse de Lamballe on September 3, 1792. Even the Marquis de Sade, having "wept tears of blood" over his lost paedophiliac-coprophiliac masterpiece The 120 Days of Sodom, shuddered when he heard that the princesse, upon decapitation, had her mons pubis sliced off and worn as a moustache.
The Princesse's fate is explained thus:
...the head of the Princesse de Lamballe could be seen at the end of a pike, her face twisted into a grimace and her long blond hair flowing in the wind, caked with blood. Her naked, mutilated body had been dragged through the streets by her assassins; it lay on the ground among a group of madmen; they had torn out her heart and brandished it at the end of a sword like a trophy.
(Evelyne Lever: Marie Antoinette: The Last Queen of France, translated by Catherine Temerson, page 284)
Antonia Fraser goes into even more detail in her Marie Antoinette: The Journey. In point form, the full script of her death and subsequent indignities go as follows:
This princesse, born in Torino on September 8, 1749, married Louis Alexandre Stanislaus de Bourbon, prince of Lamballe, in 1767. The prince died the following year and the princesse never remarried. In 1785 Marie Anoinette withdrew from her friendship with the comtesse de Polignac and returned to the princesse. The princesse's loyalty was such that, during her interrogation she refused to denounce her friend; this in turn led to her immediate death.
Yet, perhaps Marie Thérèse Louise de Savoie-Carignan did not die as rumour has it. Floating about on the internet is the idea that she was delivered to the Duc de Penthièvre fully clothed - surely her murderers wouldn't have bothered to re-dress her? What about the eyewitnesses? Were the stories concocted by the royalists to win over Europe to their cause?
We are into the macarbe these days. Shouldn't you be concentrating on a wedding or something? Interesting though this entry was. :-)
Ah, I have been working on another macabre entry, though it is taking weeks. I simply don't have too much time on my hands to unleash the whole of my macabre interest on you.
Didn't you know I am a card-carrying ghoul? I subscribe to Morbid Fact du Jour, after all.
The notion that the Princesse was merely killed and decapitated, is not a vague "internet rumor." It is a serious opinion of serious historians. See the recent books of David Andress, for example.Post a Comment