Tag Archives: 18th century

Title page illustration from The Cannibal’s Progress, or, The…

Title page illustration from The Cannibal’s Progress, or, The Dreadful Horrors of French Invasion, as Displayed by the Republican Officers and Soldiers, in their Perfidy, Rapacity, Ferociousness and Brutality, Exercised towards the Innocent Inhabitants of Germany, a 1798 book by Anthony Aufrere describing the French invasion of Swabia. Illustrated by William Wadsworth.

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From various sources: this gourd contained a handkerchief soaked…

From various sources: this gourd contained a handkerchief soaked in blood which recent DNA tests have recently confirmed came from King Louis XVI.

The gourd bears an inscription reading:

“On January 21, Maximilien Bourdaloue dipped his handkerchief in the blood of Louis XVI after his decapitation”

Louis was, of course, King of France during the French Revolution, married to Marie Antoinette, and executed after being found guilty of treason by the National Convention in 1793.

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A gouache painting by Claude Cholat, one of the twenty-one wine…

A gouache painting by Claude Cholat, one of the twenty-one wine merchants on the official list of the vainqueurs de la Bastille and an eyewitness to the storming of the fortress on 14 July 1789.

Cholat was in the crowd of about 900 citizens who arrived at the Bastille on that day. He reportedly manned one of the cannons brought in by the revolutionaries (perhaps the silver Siamese piece that had been given to Louis XIV?).

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