The Guillotine Blade of Marie Antoinette

By on September 16, 2013

The guillotine blade that beheaded Marie Antoinette

This guillotine blade on display at Madame Tussauds wax museum in London is believed to be the actual blade that beheaded French queen Marie Antoinette on October 16, 1793. It was purchased from the executioner’s family.

Marie Antoinette’s last words as she climbed onto the guillotine platform were “Pardon me sir, I meant not to do it” after accidentally stepping on her executioner’s foot.

2 Comments

  1. Maria-Anne Russel

    November 13, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    A blade both humane and criminal. A symbol of egalitarian “progress” and terror.

  2. Maria-Anne Russel

    November 13, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Interesting piece of history. Tragic.

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