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10 AUG 1792 - Attack on Tuileries Palace Anniversary.
« on: August 10, 2006, 02:26:42 AM »
  Today is the 214th anniversary of the atttack on the Tuilieries Palace - 10 August 1792, and the final downfall of the french monarchy. Some 500 men of the Swiss Guard who were defending the Palace were massacred by the invading mob. Their heroic stand is commemerated by the Lion of Lucerne, the impressive monument is located at Lucerne, Switzerland, I like to show you pictures on this subject, having computer problems.  ;)

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Re: 10 AUG 1792 - Attack on Tuileries Palace Anniversary.
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2006, 07:11:20 PM »
 The Lion Monument or Lion of Lucerne was designed by a Danish sculptor Bertel Thorwaldsen and was hewn into the sandstone cliff between 1820 and 1821, it is dedicated to the memory of the brave Swiss Guards who defended the Tuileries Palace in 1792, who were forced to lay down their arms by the order of Louis XVI which resulted in their massacre. Depicting a dying lion with its paw poised over the shield bearing the fleur- de- lys of the Bourbon king, a broken lance pierces its heart, signifiying its loyalty in protecting the sheid to its death. Mark Twain called it the ''saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world''

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Re: 10 AUG 1792 - Attack on Tuileries Palace Anniversary.
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2006, 01:22:17 AM »
Mark Twain (one of my favourite writers by the way) was very critical of Louis' decision to order the Guards not to fire, however.
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Re: 10 AUG 1792 - Attack on Tuileries Palace Anniversary.
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2006, 05:07:09 AM »
Yes! a fatal mistake. The guards should have opened fire and shown the blood thirsty mob just what happens when they step out of line!! Poor innocent men. Mans inhumanity to man.
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Re: 10 AUG 1792 - Attack on Tuileries Palace Anniversary.
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2006, 03:29:17 PM »
The story of this tremendous error (fault) is a little bit more complex... Anyway, the poor victims must not be forgotten. Here is my feable contribution :

The true Swiss monument







and an american version (Univ. of Indiana ??) (there are so many in the world)





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Re: 10 AUG 1792 - Attack on Tuileries Palace Anniversary.
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2006, 04:47:11 AM »
  m. Canard,  thank you for posting the images of the Lion of Lucerne,your contribution is much appreciated.  :)  ;)

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Re: 10 AUG 1792 - Attack on Tuileries Palace Anniversary.
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2006, 04:25:58 PM »
   Inscribed in Latin are the following words: HELVETIORUM FIDEI AC VIRTUTI or THE LOYALTY AND  BRAVERY OF SWISS, and the names of the martyred soldiers who were sacrificed, are also inscribed below the lion.

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Re: 10 AUG 1792 - Attack on Tuileries Palace Anniversary.
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2006, 04:56:15 PM »
  m. Canard,  thank you for posting the images of the Lion of Lucerne,your contribution is much appreciated.  :)  ;)

Thank you,

The story of these poor guys, these faithfull men, had always filled my soul of pity... and also, I consider this terrible day as the very begenning  of a period of blood and madness... as a mad machine only feeded with violence and blood...that period finished with the death of Maximilien Robespierre and his closer group of Jacobins (1794).

From 1789 until this awfull day, french Revolution can be considered as an attempt to govern as french philosophers and american governants advocated (as Montesqiueu, Diderot, George Washington and so many others) with Louis XVI as constitutionnal king and a govern from the middle class to administrate the nation.

After Robespierre was beheaded, the successive period was dedicated to Money (earning or stealing money to every situation or nation...) until the return to law and order ... (that is First Empire)

Thanks to remember the sense of the latin words and the existence of the NAMES of the poor soldiers...

Your Thankfull and
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M. Canard

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Re: 10 AUG 1792 - Attack on Tuileries Palace Anniversary.
« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2006, 08:40:59 PM »
   Inscribed in Latin are the following words: HELVETIORUM FIDEI AC VIRTUTI or THE LOYALTY AND  BRAVERY OF SWISS, and the names of the martyred soldiers who were sacrificed, are also inscribed below the lion.

One of the reasons I wrote that the story was complex is that one: the poor soldiers and swiss officers were oblidged to fight 3 times (on 10th of Aug. and on 2 and 3 September). A Swiss friend just confirmed that aspect of the tragedy. An other aspect is the hudge massacre it has been : 786 men died – 26 officers and 760 soldiers, many of them young - and  366 survived, many of them wounded…

My Swiss friend just sent me the entire inscription carved on the rock:
(I hope my traduction will be rather correct...)

                                   HELVETIORUM FIDEI AC VIRTUTI
                                     to the loyalty and bravery of Swiss

                         DIE X AUGUSTI II ET III SEPTEMBRIS MDCCXCII
                         on days 10th of august 2nd and 3rd of september 1792

               HAEC SUNT NOMINA EORUM QUI NE SACRAMENTI FIDEM FALLERENT
                        here are the names of thoses who, to do not betray their oath

                              FORTISSIME PUGNANTES CECIDERUNT
                                    with great bravery, fighting, died.
                       here below are carved the names of the dead officers

                         SOLERTI AMICORUM CURA CLADI SUPERFUERUNT
  (here are the names.ecc) survived because of the effective help of friends
                       here below are carved the names of the survived officers


The story of this last aspect (surviving by the help of friends) is also rather moving: many of them died during the fights but some of them also died after the fights (they were in the streets, without weapons) because killed in the streets by the mad crowd, but the last ones were helped and hidden during days and monthes by parisians friends...


Now I report here the thoughts of a french historian when he visited the Monument of the Lion de Lucerne :

Le Lion mourant de Thorwaldsen est taillé dans le rocher même … (il) semble avoir été, le pauvre animal, aussi bon et noble qu'il était puissant. Il meurt, comme un chien fidèle, sur l'écusson des lis qu'il a juré de défendre. Il meurt et semble pleurer; s'il pleure, ce n'est pas sur lui: Voilà un vrai monument suisse. C'est une gloire unique, je crois, chez les artistes modernes, d'avoir fait le monument national d'un peuple. J'y retournai ce soir, et j'en fus encore plus touché. Les arbres qui couronnent ce rocher semblaient aussi pleurer. Le bassin qui est devant réfléchissait la noble image, en la pâlissant et lui donnant un caractère d'indécision fantastique. [...]

Jules Michelet (1838)
(french historian)

This TRAGEDY impressed so much the fantasy of the people of many nations during so many time during the 19th century that, as I said, many similar lions were sculpted in the world. Here is an other one set up to the memory of american soldiers died during the civil war (Colby)



Your, sincerely

M. Canard





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Re: 10 AUG 1792 - Attack on Tuileries Palace Anniversary.
« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2006, 12:38:34 AM »
 Hi, M. Canard,
  Some years ago, I read a interesting book on the attack on the Tuileries, Threshold of Terror - The Last Hours of the Monarchy in the French Revolution - by Rodney Allen - 1999 - ISBN 0-7509-2030-0 Sutton Publishing Ltd
 Rodney Allen describes in detail what happenned in the 24hours of the 9th August to August 10th from eyewitness accounts, institutions and journalist reports.
There is a photogragh of a Joseph Jost who had been a drummer boy in the Swiss Guards who was present at the Tuileries  on 10.08.1792, aged 90 years old. I hope you can find this book, it is worth reading.  :)   ;)

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Re: 10 AUG 1792 - Attack on Tuileries Palace Anniversary.
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2006, 03:52:22 AM »
  This year the Vatican honors 500 years of Swiss Guards. Pope Benedict XVI thanked the Swiss Guards for their 500 years of service protecting the popes.Vatican and Swiss authorities have hosted ceremonies,concerts. exhibits and commemorations that will culminate with a symbolic reenactment of the march from Switzerland to Rome of the first 150 Swiss mercernaries ;)

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Re: 10 AUG 1792 - Attack on Tuileries Palace Anniversary.
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2008, 12:59:05 PM »
i've recently bought a spoon with the inscription of the monument of tuileries is there anybody who can tell me something about this spoon when it was made or for who it was made. how many spoons did they make and is it a spoon made for the tuileries palace? if anybody knows something about this spoon please tell me.
 greatings niki


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Re: 10 AUG 1792 - Attack on Tuileries Palace Anniversary.
« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2008, 04:15:10 PM »
Sounds interesting can you scan a picture of it? Also did you purchase it at an antique shop? or from a Dealer?

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Re: 10 AUG 1792 - Attack on Tuileries Palace Anniversary.
« Reply #13 on: July 19, 2008, 06:20:21 PM »
Certainly was not the last days of the monarchy! Louis XVIII was restored on the fall of Napoleon and the French Republic was half heartedly established in 1870 ......with a royalist Duke as president, trying everything to get the Count de Chambord to come to his senses and recognise the Tricolor

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Re: 10 AUG 1792 - Attack on Tuileries Palace Anniversary.
« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2008, 09:25:56 AM »
Has there ever been thoughts to rebuild this historical building as an art gallery? It would close the garden side and greatly add to the beauty of the Louvre. I suppose it is so tied up with being the seat of the monarchy, perhaps the French people would regard it in the same light as the Bastille?