Robert-Françoise Damiens

Would-be regicide of Louis XV.
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Uniform of a French infantryman of the time.  Damiens was apprenticed to a locksmith in Bethune but left to join the French army. Military, History, Costumes, Hipster, Empire, Military History, Infantry, Century, Uniform
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Uniform of a French infantryman of the time. Damiens was apprenticed to a locksmith in Bethune but left to join the French army.
Damiens had a number of short-lived jobs.  One of these was at the Jesuit college, known as Louis-le-Grand, in Paris (the same school  Abbé de Bernis had attended). Damiens remained there for about 15 months before being expelled for not submitting to a punishment he had incurred by bad behaviour. Paris France, Ile De France, Louvre, Louis, Eiffel Tower, Méliès, Paris Romance, Voyage
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Damiens had a number of short-lived jobs. One of these was at the Jesuit college, known as Louis-le-Grand, in Paris (the same school Abbé de Bernis had attended). Damiens remained there for about 15 months before being expelled for not submitting to a punishment he had incurred by bad behaviour.
At this time Louis XV and his court was becoming increasingly unpopular and ridiculed as can be seen in this cartoon.  Damiens had served several advisers to the Parliament who were very critical of the king and the Marquise de Pompadour and may have been influenced by this. Art, Caricature, Madame Du Barry, Marie Antoinette, Madame, Mistress, 18th Century Fashion, 18th Century
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At this time Louis XV and his court was becoming increasingly unpopular and ridiculed as can be seen in this cartoon. Damiens had served several advisers to the Parliament who were very critical of the king and the Marquise de Pompadour and may have been influenced by this.
The inner Marble Courtyard of the Palace of Versailles where the attempted assassination took place. Baroque Architecture, Museums, Architecture, Havre, Capela, Facade, Burg, Palace
The inner Marble Courtyard of the Palace of Versailles where the attempted assassination took place.
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Robert Damien’s assassination attempt.
Knife similar to that used by Damiens.  The wound to the king was slight.  Voltaire described it as a ‘pinprick’. King, Knife
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Knife similar to that used by Damiens. The wound to the king was slight. Voltaire described it as a ‘pinprick’.
Conciergerie  prison to where Damiens was transported after his assassination attempt. Tours, Tour Guide, Place Vendome, Paris Street, Île De La Cité, Paris Books, Palais Royal
Conciergerie prison to where Damiens was transported after his assassination attempt.
Inside Conciergerie prison where Damiens was held (antique print 1831). Monuments, Statue, Old Paris, Tour Eiffel, Prison, Historical Images, Antonio Mora Artwork
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Inside Conciergerie prison where Damiens was held (antique print 1831).
Damiens’ bed while imprisoned.  Great precautions were taken to prevent him from escaping or committing suicide. Suicide, Prevention, Bed
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Damiens’ bed while imprisoned. Great precautions were taken to prevent him from escaping or committing suicide.
The Bastille and Porte Saint-Antoine from the north-east, 1715–19.  Damiens’ old father, wife and daughter were arrested and locked up in the Bastille, and a good number of people from his inner circle (uncles, aunts, employers ...). French Government, Bastille France, Revo, Landmarks, Building
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The Bastille and Porte Saint-Antoine from the north-east, 1715–19. Damiens’ old father, wife and daughter were arrested and locked up in the Bastille, and a good number of people from his inner circle (uncles, aunts, employers ...).
Robert Damiens before the judges.   His trial was held from 12 February to 26 March, the date of his sentencing. He was found guilty of the supreme crime: lese-majesty (an offence against the dignity of a reigning sovereign or against a state). Siena, Crime, Historian, Death, Assassin, Anti Authoritarian, Dark Thoughts
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Robert Damiens before the judges. His trial was held from 12 February to 26 March, the date of his sentencing. He was found guilty of the supreme crime: lese-majesty (an offence against the dignity of a reigning sovereign or against a state).
The execution of Damiens was modelled on that of the regicide  François Ravaillac in 1610, the assassin of Henry IV.  Ravaillac was taken to the Place de Grève in Paris and  tortured before being pulled apart by four horses. He was scalded with burning sulphur, molten lead and boiling oil and resin, his flesh then being torn by pincers.  Following his execution, Ravaillac's parents were forced into exile, and the rest of his family was ordered never to use the name "Ravaillac" again. Portrait, Tudor, Early Modern Period, Francois, King Henry, Tudor Era, 1 Maccabees
François Ravaillac - Wikipedia
The execution of Damiens was modelled on that of the regicide François Ravaillac in 1610, the assassin of Henry IV. Ravaillac was taken to the Place de Grève in Paris and tortured before being pulled apart by four horses. He was scalded with burning sulphur, molten lead and boiling oil and resin, his flesh then being torn by pincers. Following his execution, Ravaillac's parents were forced into exile, and the rest of his family was ordered never to use the name "Ravaillac" again.
Reportedly, Louis XV requested that Damiens should be strangled so that he did not suffer too much but parliament ignored his request - (Maurice-Quentin Delatour Head-and-Shoulders Portrait of Louis XV, 1748) New Orleans, Musée Du Louvre, Louvre Museum, La Tour, Luigi
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Reportedly, Louis XV requested that Damiens should be strangled so that he did not suffer too much but parliament ignored his request - (Maurice-Quentin Delatour Head-and-Shoulders Portrait of Louis XV, 1748)
Decision of the Parliament of Paris, March 26th 1757 (The collection of the National Museum of Prisons – France). National Museum, Words, Word Search Puzzle, Social Security, Social Security Card
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Decision of the Parliament of Paris, March 26th 1757 (The collection of the National Museum of Prisons – France).
Place de Grève, the old name of the square in front of the Paris city hall, renamed Place de l’Hôtel de Ville in 1806. It became famous by virtue of the fact that for many centuries (until 1830) it was a place of execution. It was there that the creation of a provisional government was declared during the Revolution of 1848, that the republic was proclaimed on Sept. 4, 1870, and that the proclamations of the Paris Commune were made in March 1871 - (Nicolas Jean Baptiste,1753). The Panthéon, Cologne Cathedral, Fine Art Prints
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Place de Grève, the old name of the square in front of the Paris city hall, renamed Place de l’Hôtel de Ville in 1806. It became famous by virtue of the fact that for many centuries (until 1830) it was a place of execution. It was there that the creation of a provisional government was declared during the Revolution of 1848, that the republic was proclaimed on Sept. 4, 1870, and that the proclamations of the Paris Commune were made in March 1871 - (Nicolas Jean Baptiste,1753).
Place de l'Hotel de Ville today (previously Place de Grève). Travel, Ville, Hotel, Notre Dame
Place de l'Hotel de Ville today (previously Place de Grève).
The execution of the unsuccessful regicide was very much a popular spectacle. Horses, Popular, Heaven
The execution of the unsuccessful regicide was very much a popular spectacle.
Casanova witnessed the execution at first hand, which he described as 'an offence to our common humanity' and which made him wretch. David Tennant, Tarot, Biddy Tarot, Occult, Lomography, Memoirs
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Casanova witnessed the execution at first hand, which he described as 'an offence to our common humanity' and which made him wretch.
Damiens was tortured first with red-hot pincers; his hand, holding the knife used in the attempted assassination, was burned using sulphur; molten wax, lead, and boiling oil were poured into his wounds. Horses were then harnessed to his arms and legs to be dismembered. But Damiens’ limbs did not separate easily: the officiants ordered  Damiens’ joints to be cut with an axe. Once Damiens was dismembered to the applause of the crowd, his reportedly still-living torso was burnt at the stake. Country, England, Leadership, Middle Ages, Torture Devices, Gunpowder Plot, Creep, Medieval Art
Damiens was tortured first with red-hot pincers; his hand, holding the knife used in the attempted assassination, was burned using sulphur; molten wax, lead, and boiling oil were poured into his wounds. Horses were then harnessed to his arms and legs to be dismembered. But Damiens’ limbs did not separate easily: the officiants ordered Damiens’ joints to be cut with an axe. Once Damiens was dismembered to the applause of the crowd, his reportedly still-living torso was burnt at the stake.
In 1757 Charles Henri Sanson assisted his uncle Nicolas Charles Gabriel Sanson (1721–1795, executioner of Reims) with the extremely gruesome execution of Damiens. His uncle quit his position as executioner after this event. In 1778 Charles-Henri officially received the blood-red coat, the sign of the master executioner, from his father Charles-Jean-Baptiste and held this position for 38 years, until his son Henri in 1795 succeeded him. During his career he performed 2,913 executions. Marvel, Olds, Historia, Business Reputation, Illuminated Manuscript, Charles
Charles-Henri Sanson - Wikipedia
In 1757 Charles Henri Sanson assisted his uncle Nicolas Charles Gabriel Sanson (1721–1795, executioner of Reims) with the extremely gruesome execution of Damiens. His uncle quit his position as executioner after this event. In 1778 Charles-Henri officially received the blood-red coat, the sign of the master executioner, from his father Charles-Jean-Baptiste and held this position for 38 years, until his son Henri in 1795 succeeded him. During his career he performed 2,913 executions.
On 5th January, 1757, Robert Damiens, domestic servant and ex-soldier, attempted to assassinate Louis XV. Films, Marie Antionette, Famous Artists
Robert-François Damiens - Wikipedia
On 5th January, 1757, Robert Damiens, domestic servant and ex-soldier, attempted to assassinate Louis XV.