The Dauphin’s innocent description of a revolutionary riot

June 20, 2024

The Dauphin, Louis XVII of France

On June 21, 1792, the agitators fired up the mob, as they had done the day before, to invade the Tuileries Palace where the royal family was lodged. Hearing the tumult, Marie Antoinette rushed to the side of the Dauphin. Upon seeing her and still remembering what had happened the day before, the child asked: “Mamma, is it still yesterday?”

Edmond Guérard, Dictionnaire encyclopédique d’anecdotes (Paris: Firmin Didot, 1872), Vol. I, p. 189. ( translation.)

Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 28


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