the radical new republic placed King Louis XVI on trial, convicted him of treason and condemned him to death.
On January 21, 1793,
he was dragged to the guillotine and executed. In October of that year, a month into the infamous and bloody Reign of Terror that claimed tens of thousands of French lives,
Marie Antoinette was put on trial for treason and theft, as well as a false and disturbing charge of sexual abuse against her own son.
After the two-day trial, an all-male jury found Marie Antoinette guilty on all charges
. Marie Antoinette was sent to the guillotine, as her husband had been several months before,on October 16, 1793.
Marie Antoinette, the last queen of France,
has been both vilified as the personification of the evils of monarchy and exalted as a pinnacle of fashion and beauty.
Marie Antoinette the villain is perhaps best captured by the famous, although almost certainly apocryphal, story that, upon hearing that the people had no bread to eat, she remarked,
"Let them eat cake."
Today is the anniversary of her death,