The French Revolution It was not only a triumph of lofty ideals and great causes, but also a period of endless horrors, the majority of which unmotivated and totally senseless.
what the Princess Lamballe was a brutal murder committed by a horde of merciless criminals at the expense of an innocent and defenseless woman.
Be close and faithful friend of Maria Antonietta it was one “fault” unacceptable at the time and the unfortunate woman paid with her life.
Too often he died as well during the Revolution: in no way.
The article I wrote for notizie.it.
Of all the crimes committed during the French Revolution, episodes of horrific violence that had nothing to do with the sacrosanct principles of Freedom, Equality and Fraternity heralded to the four winds, the Massacre of the Princess de Lamballe It was probably the most horrid and Free.
But first of all let's see who was this woman for whom fate reserved such a terrible and undeserved end.
Who was the princess of Lamballe
Maria Teresa Luisa di Savoia Carignano, class 1749, was a young Italian noble woman grew up in Turin.
From an early age she showed a mild character, balanced and generous.
Today we would define her as a typical and rare "good girl from a good family".
In 1767 groom Louis Alexander of Bourbon, principle di Lamballe.
This dissolute man died in 1768 for contracting a venereal disease, leaving his wife a widow just 19 years.
However, because the father-in-law adored his daughter-in-law, dolce, sensitive and often prey to fits of melancholy, let him go on living with him, and are occupied by many charitable works, benefiting many needy.
Princess Maria Antonietta He was favorably impressed by the gentle Lamballe and the two became inseparable friends.
cultured, gentile, refined, Savoy was young for a short period eclipsed by the presence of bulky Madame de Polignac, cunning and greedy.
The girl though, she returned to be the queen's best friend and confidant right at the outbreak of the Revolution, when the Polignac emigrated to England in fact abandoning the woman who had so favored, Maria Teresa while she was closer to the end.
The latter came, terrible, premature and undeserved, the 3 September of the 1792.
The September massacres
In those days they occurred the notorious massacres of September, a real slaughter of imprisoned aristocrats and unable to defend himself, by zealous "workers" of improvised Revolution at the same time judges and executioners.
In reality they were hardened criminals, whose work does not have a minimum of justification.
The 2 September had settled in the prison de Strength, where she was detained Lamballe, a kind of "" impromptu tribunal of ten men, assisted by five "workers", stationed at the prison gate, They killed bludgeoned the prisoners who crossed the threshold.
The "stackers" then took care to pile up the corpses after having stripped them, receiving for this task a reasonable compensation.
After a distant semblance of questioning, the princess was released with the reassuring words "It's free, Mrs".
Exit the door, it seems that the young, horrified at the sight of those bodies piled, exclaimed: “Via! What a horror!” .
Those were his last words.
Death is the ultimate outrage
The unfortunate man was at first stunned, then filled barrel, completamente uncovered, repeatedly raped and then left in that state for hours on the pavement.
While the body was dragged through the street, a Grison He cuts off the head of the girl and posted on a pike, someone else grabbed the heart, another also intestines.
Do not pay the havoc done, the killers carried the poor woman's head in procession as a macabre victory trophy, right under the windows of the prison Temple, where he was imprisoned the royal family.
When Marie Antoinette looked out and saw the horrendous spectacle, He slumped to the ground by reason of illness.