Madame Élisabeth

Birth: 1764

Death: 1794

The youngest sibling of Louis XVI, she was known by title 'Madame Élisabeth de France'. Unlike Louis's brothers she did not emigrate. Instead, she remained with the royal family in Paris, first in the Tuileries Palace and then in the Temple prison after the overthrow of the monarchy in August 1792. After Louis and Marie-Antoinette's earlier demise Élisabeth was herself sent to the guillotine late in the Terror, in May 1794.

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1789

14 October: A King Imprisoned? The October Days

On 5-6 October 1789, a Parisian crowd led by thousands of women marched out to demonstrate at Versailles and forced the royal family to relocate to...

1791

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...