Marie Antoinette on Trial: A Contemporary English Account to Read Online

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There are though a few pivotal events in her life where her character suddenly crystallises before your eyes, and she practically seems to walk into the room. Her trial is certainly the most powerful of these moments, but frustratingly it’s probably one of the least known elements of her life story. In all the hoopla of ‘Marie Antoinette got her head chopped off’, it’s easy to lose sight of basic questions like how that came to happen or precisely why. For this reason and many others the trial record makes fascinating reading for anyone interested in the real Marie Antoinette, and more widely anyone interested in the Revolution as a whole. You might say I’m a bit of a fan – so much so, in fact, that I wrote a play about the trial a couple of years ago.

I’m going to write more about the trial in my next post, but for now I wanted to simply post this English account of the proceedings at the trial, published in 1793, the year after the trial, which I’ve scanned from an existing copy. I’m very excited to make this available, as I’ve been unable to find an English account freely available online, and it’s a document that deserves to be available to all.

Click here to download the file as a PDF.

Although, as you’ll see, the preface and epilogue added to the record in this edition make the compiler’s sympathies for Marie Antoinette perfectly plain, the account of the trial itself tallies well with other published versions, and this one is most likely based on the accounts which appeared in English newspapers at the time. It is, as far as all my research shows, an authentic account of the proceedings. Also included are a brief  biographical sketch, the ‘secret interrogatories’ (questioning of Marie Antoinette that occurred in private before the trial itself), a description of her execution and events after the trial was closed, and a lamentation for the dead Queen.

I’m biting my tongue to stop myself talking more about it, because it’s remarkable enough to speak for itself and that’s what I want it to do. But I’ll be back next week with more details on the story of the trial, its more extraordinary moments, and its cast of characters.

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3 Comments

  1. Long live the Queen
    Posted February 28, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for providing such interesting information. There are so many false accounts, even centuries later. Noone in history intrigues me more than Marie Antoinette. You provide such an exciting, informative, interesting take on the Queen and her family. Well written, and much more factual than most. Thank you so very much-! God bless-! :)

  2. Culture& Stuff
    Posted August 9, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Glad you enjoyed it – really hope people will find it as interesting as I do.

  3. Posted August 9, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Brilliant! Thank you so much for scanning and uploading this account of this tragic affair.

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