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1793, the Execution of Marie Antoinette

On the morning of 16 October 1793, Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna Habsburg-Lorraine, also known as Marie Antoinette, Queen of France and Navarre and widow to the executed King Louis XVI (both pictured above vis their funerary monument in Saint Denis Basilica in Paris), was taken to the Place de la Concorde, where she herself was beheaded by the guillotine.  She was thirty-seven years old, the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Francis I and his wife Empress Maria Theresa, proclaimed Archduchess of Austria at birth, and mother to four children.  Her last words were of apology to her executioner, whose foot she had accidentally stepped on.

 
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Happy Birthday to Richard III

On this day in 1452, Richard Plantagenet of the House of York was born in Northamptonshire to the Duke of York and his wife Cecily.  He would become the Duke of Gloucester during the reign of his elder brother Edward IV and eventually claim the throne as his own in 1483, after a controversial declaration that his nephews were illegitimate and not fit to rule (see the Princes in the Tower)   Richard’s death and defeat at Bosworth in 1485 signified the end of the Plantagenet Dynasty and the final battle of the Wars of the Roses.  For more, please feel free to check out my article on Richard’s life here.

Happy Birthday, Richard!