I may not have won against Marie Antoinette in court the first time, but I succeeded in stirring up enough drama to bring attention to her reckless behaviour. This time she has been convicted by the Revolutionary Tribunal of high treason. The Revolutionary Tribunal is a jury composed of a public prosecutor, and two substitutes, all nominated by the Convention; and from its judgments there was no appeal. They terrorized not only royalists, but all counter-revolution citizens. More importantly they put an end to Marie Antoinette. On October 16, 1793 she was executed by guillotine on Place de la Revolution.
To backtrack a little bit, earlier in October 1793, Marie Antoinette pleaded guilty of the three main charges against her: depletion of the national treasury, conspiracy against the internal and external security of the State, intelligence with the enemy. Neither her nor her lawyers expected the outcome of the trail to be execution, but I saw it from the start. The Revolutionary Tribunal share my views on the royalists and realize letting them live after their acts could give them the impression that their behaviour was okay and not very severe. This prompts repetition of the same acts, conflicts, and corrupt government.
In her last moments they she was seated in an open cart dressed in a white dress, white being the colour worn by widowed queens of France. The guards cut her hair short and bound her hands painfully behind her pack. She, unlike her husband, was not given the treatment of royalty, but the treatment of a criminal which is what she deserved. With moments to live, her last words were “Pardon me, sir, I meant not to do it”, to the executioner, whose foot she had accidentally stepped on after climbing to the scaffold. Her body was then discarded in an unmarked grave in a graveyard that was shut down the following year. I may not have been alive as a spectator, but I watched and cheered from above. Justice has been served.
I was victimized and thrown into the role of the criminal when all I demanded was justice and equality between us women. Marie Antoinette was the cause of my death and for that I will never forgive her.