"I used to be arrested on 23 August 1793 on the Château of Mouchy-le-Châtel..." So starts the account of Louise Charlotte Henriette Philippine de Noailles, Duchesse de Duras who was once formerly a lady-in-waiting to Queen Marie Antoinette. less than the “Law of Suspects”, she was once arrested on 6 October 1793 and brought to felony at Saint François à Beauvais, a former convent. On 20 October 1793 she was once transferred to the Château de Chantilly which were switched over right into a criminal, the place she remained till five April 1794. in this date she used to be taken to Paris to the legal of the Collège du Plessis. Her aged mom and dad have been taken to l. a. strength in Paris after which transferred to the Luxembourg legal in Paris. either her mom and dad have been guillotined in June 1794 and soon afterwards, within the similar month, her sister-in-law, Louise de Noailles, used to be achieved as well.
This booklet is an account by way of the Duchesse of her adventure of felony lifestyles in the course of the French Revolution. It describes the stipulations below which the “suspects” lived, the good many folks that she met in criminal, the worsening stipulations less than which the prisoners suffered and their day-by-day terror as cartloads have been taken away to be attempted and finished. integrated within the e-book are the memoirs of Madame Latour, who followed the aged mom and dad of the Duchesse to their prisons, a variety of letters and files of curiosity and the heart-wrenching debts of 2 eye-witnesses to the loss of life of Louise de Noailles, who left 3 children whilst she used to be guillotined along with her mom and grandmother. The Duchesse de Duras was once ultimately published on 19 October 1794 a few months after the downfall of Robespierre. All her family’s estate and fortune have been confiscated, most people she knew had emigrated or were guillotined and she or he left criminal with not anything and nowhere to move. Her account of her lifestyles within the months after her unlock is as interesting as her description of felony life.
Dr Vinke’s translation brings this alluring tale to lifestyles. Her exact learn offers info at the lifetime of the Duchesse de Duras and at the political heritage of the Revolution in addition to clarifying the id of the numerous people who the Duchesse mentions.

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