The Princess de Lamballe Prepares To Confront Death

October 12, 2017

Portrait of Marie Louise Thérèse de Savoie, Princess de Lamballe by Antoine-François Callet.

Toward six o clock the next morning, the turnkey entered with a frightened air: “They are coming here,” he said to the prisoners. Six men, armed with sabers, guns, and pistols, followed him, approached the beds, asked the names of the women, and went out again.

Madame de Tourzel, who shared the Princess de Lamballe’s captivity, said to her: “This threatens to be a terrible day, dear Princess; we know not what Heaven intends for us; we must ask God to forgive our faults. Let us say the Miserere and the Confiteor as acts of contrition, and recommend ourselves to His goodness.”  The two women said their prayers aloud, and incited each other to resignation and courage.

Marie Antoinette and the Downfall of Royalty by Imbert de Saint-Amand. 1892, Charles Scribner’s Sons.  Pg. 351

Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 596


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