Thursday Aerogrammes de Paris -
Continuation de la visite de la Conciergerie a Paris…
We saw the cell Marie-Antoinette stayed in which was minute and had almost no lighting. Although she had magnificent libraries at her disposal in the palace, she had never read but in the cell she read constantly since she was given no needles to stitch with. She was only 38 when she was executed, but she aged greatly during the month and a half she was at the Conciergerie. The Cour des Femmes was the daytime gathering place of the women prisoners. They were separated from the men by a grill. At the end of the day, a paper was published giving the names of those who were to be judged and sentenced and probably executed the next day. The men received it first and passed it along to the women through the grill.
On to the Premiere Chambre Civile, which is inside the Palais de Justice, where Marie-Antoinette was sentenced to death. Her trail took 2 days during which time she had to remain standing. She was sentenced around 400am in the morning after 3 hours of deliberation by the carefully selected jury. At one point in the trial, a document was presented signed by her son, which stated that she had had incestuous relations with him. Marie-A, being prepared for this, displayed no emotion. When asked, “Why?”, she merely replied, “I appeal to all the mothers in France.” Public sentiment turned somewhat in her favor, of course, to no avail. She was taken from the Conciergerie through the Cour de Mar in open chariot around 1030a to the Place de la Concorde and executed at 1215pm.