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Re: 10 AUG 1792 - Attack on Tuileries Palace Anniversary.
« Reply #30 on: October 22, 2010, 01:22:20 PM »
mmm  yes  Prinz...,  it  would be  great  to get your impressions of what went on
that day .....  such a fateful day in the history of  France.
Looking forward  to  it  !

I  read  Victoria Holt's    ( Jean  Plaidy's )      book  on  Marie Antoinette....  "the Queen's  Confession"
and that momentous day was dismissed in  2 or  3 paragraphs  !!!!!
perhaps she did nt want to upset her( mainly female )  readership with the gory details  ?
still it is a  great book....   well worth a read !
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Re: 10 AUG 1792 - Attack on Tuileries Palace Anniversary.
« Reply #31 on: October 22, 2010, 07:09:37 PM »
An artists impression of that fateful day


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Re: 10 AUG 1792 - Attack on Tuileries Palace Anniversary.
« Reply #32 on: October 23, 2010, 01:08:06 PM »
I read that the palace was built  by  Catherine de Medici  and construction began in 1564
( the year Shakespeare was born )
  Louis  14th  resided in the palace while Versailles was being constructed.
When he left the palace  it  was virtually abandonned and used only as a theatre...
its  gardens a fashionable  rendezvous  for  Parisians.

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Re: 10 AUG 1792 - Attack on Tuileries Palace Anniversary.
« Reply #33 on: October 27, 2010, 01:55:46 PM »

The Vatican has a Swiss Guard to this day...
but the French Royal Family also had a Swiss Guard

The most famous episode in the history of the Swiss Guards was their defence of the Tuileries Palace in central Paris during the French Revolution.

Of the nine hundred Swiss Guards defending the Palace on August 10, 1792, about six hundred were killed during the fighting or massacred after surrender.

An estimated hundred and sixty more died in prison of their wounds or were killed during the September Massacres that followed.

Fewer than a hundred Swiss who escaped from the Tuileries, some hidden by sympathetic Parisians.


The heroic but futile stand of the Swiss is commemorated by Bertel Thorvaldsen's Lion Monument in Lucerne, dedicated in 1821, which shows a dying lion collapsed upon broken symbols of the French monarchy.

An inscription on the monument lists the twenty-six Swiss officers who died on 10 August and 2–3 September 1792, and records that approximately 760 Swiss Guardsmen were killed on those days.