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The Execution of Louis XVI

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The execution of Louis XVI

"I forgive those who are guilty of my death"

The constitutional monarchy put in place by moderate revolutionaries such as the Marquis de Lafayette had fallen by 1792, giving way to a radical republic. The National Convention decided to put Louis on trial for his crimes. Although his guilt was never an issue, there was a real debate in the Convention on whether the king should be killed. They voted for his execution. On January 23, 1793 Louis Capet went to the guillotine in the Place de la Concorde, where a statue of his predecessor, Louis XV, once stood.  At the scaffold he said "I forgive those who are guilty of my death."


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