Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Simon the Cobbler and Louis XVII

From Vive la Reine:
There is evidence that the leaders of the Commune gave their tacit approval for Simon to go much further [in his abuse of Louis-Charles.] On July 3, 1793, Simon questioned his superiors quite bluntly about their aims.

“Citizens, what have you decided about the wolf cub? He has been taught to be insolent bu I shall know how to tame him. Hard luck if he dies because of it. I will not answer for that. After all, what do you want done with him? To deport him? To kill him? To poison him?”

The unequivocal answer from the members of the commune was, “We want to get rid of him!”
Inspired by these men, in the secret, hidden environment of the Tower, a pattern of abuse began to develop which, unchecked, grew worse and more terrible over time.
The Lost King of France by Deborah Cadbury
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3 comments:

Jack Bennett said...

I cannot read any account of what was done to Louis Charles without shuddering. It was a crime...and worse than that not a crime (one Republican France still will not admit to) concocted out by one single man but many, many men, all so driven by hatred to destroy a small child.

With the Romanovs, the Bolsheviks had to keep changing the guards until the very last minute because the captors kept feeling sympathy and pity for the Romanov family, with the Dauphin and Marie Therese we don't even have that. What kind of person must you be to be WORSE than a hardened Bolshevik!

julygirl said...

Even today, ordinary children whose birth does not threaten any political faction, are subjected to cruelty and frightening experiences by their own parents....and we wont even go into the case of the unborn.

lara77 said...

Jack Bennett's remarks are so very true; how anyone could have treated an innocent child with such wanton depravity is truly evil. I think the men who ruled France during the Reign of Terror were pure unmitigated evil.Republican France will still not deal with its bloody past. Maybe that is why the French are on their Fifth Republic and Great Britain still has the same form of government since the 17th century.