Walking up the steps of the guillotine in the cold morning of 21 January 1793, the former kings of France Louis XVI, that the stage of the scaffold had spent his last words to reiterate to the people and to the world his innocence, aroused in France and elsewhere in Europe have mixed feelings of joy, anguish and pain.
Of the event, that was as easy to understand vast echo inside and outside national borders, there remain reports several that do not always coincide perfectly with each other, basically for ideological and political reasons.
The following is the chronicle who made the event Republican magician, a newspaper of the time against the Monarchy, though rather simple and sparse in the story to make us feel it quite truthfully:
"The carriage arrived at a quarter past ten at the foot of the scaffold (…) Arrived at that terrible place, Louis Capet was handed over to the executioners. These seized him, his hair cut, they stripped him and tied his hands behind his back. Then they asked him three times if he still had something to say or to be declared to her confessor. Since she continued to say no, the abbot embraced and, leaving, he told him: "Go, son of St. Louis, Heaven awaits ". Then it was pushed up on the scaffold (…) allowing them to advance to the edge of the stage revealing a desire to give a speech to the citizens (…) She burst agitation among all the armed citizens (…) Then Santerre commander wisely and prudently ordered the drums continue to roll and the Executioner compissero their duty (…). The order was immediately executed. The executioners seized him, They led him to the fatal table, but he uttered these words loud and clear voice: "I die innocent of the crimes of which I am accused. I forgive those who kill me. That my blood does not fall ever on France!” . The avenging blade swooped on his guilty head. Staccandoglielo " (Photo gives: superstoria.it).