Today in History
October 16, 1793
The Widow Capet
At the height of the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette, the 37-year-old former queen of France, is declared, after two days of proceedings by the Revolutionary Tribunal, guilty of treason. The "Widow Capet" as she becomes known after her husband, Louis XVI, is beheaded in January, 1793, shares his fate, and is beheaded by guillotine that afternoon. Today, Antoinette's reign is remembered in film and print largely for her lavish lifestyle.
Today's Feature History Article
The teenage queen, now the subject of a new movie, was embraced by France in 1770. Twenty-three years later, she lost her head to the guillotine. (But she never said, "Let them eat cake")
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