Count de Dampierre

Birth: 1745

Death: 1791

The count was a prominent local lord in the Sainte-Menehould area who rode out after the captured Louis XVI in order to pay him homage when the king was being being escorted back to Paris after his escape was foiled in June 1791. This act was seen as a provocation and the count was killed by local peasants in the vicinity of the royal coach.

Appears in these Letters:


30 June: Capture at Varennes: The Humiliation of a King

Here the duchess sifts through the wreckage of the royal family's thwarted attempt to escape Paris in June 1791. Before leaving on what would become...