In reality, the outcome of the trial had already been decided by the Committee of Public Safety around the time the Carnation Plot was uncovered, and she was declared guilty of treason in the early morning of 16 October, after two days of proceedings. Back in her cell, she composed a letter to her sister-in-law Madame Élisabeth, affirming her clear conscience, her Catholic faith and her feelings for her children. The letter did not reach Élisabeth.
On the same day, her hair was cut off and she was driven through Paris in an open cart, wearing a plain white dress. At 12:15 p.m. 16 October 1793, two and a half weeks before her thirty-eighth birthday, Marie Antoinette was beheaded at the Place de la Révolution. Her last words were “Pardon me sir, I meant not to do it”, to Henri Sanson the executioner, whose foot she had accidentally stepped on after climbing the scaffold. Her body was thrown into an unmarked grave in the Madeleine cemetery, rue d’Anjou.
Oh… but before all that, she wore the most gorgeous corsets and gowns, entertained young men and women, sipped tea and ate little cakes, and maybe, perhaps, wore earrings not unlike these. Inspired by the doomed queen, these fancies combine vintage Florentine styled patinated verdigris faux-opal (but insanely realistic) dangles with sweetest handcrafted fired clay gilded beads that make me think of nothing but cake! Let them eat it!
Absolutely one of a kind bohemian chic, and ready to ship. Brass leverbacks.
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