death to throne and altar

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The Versailles Palace, during the summer of 1792, was an absolute nightmare. The systematic anti-Catholic genocide in France’s Vendee Region, a precursor to the Nazi era, was in full force.

Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were in their chamber, busily attempting to affect a collusion with Pope Pius VI.

“God is on our side,” the king told his devoted queen, “But that won’t stop the forthcoming holocaust.” They stared at all the perfect architecture and fixtures, knowing that its beauty was pointless.

On January 21, 1793, the king was executed by guillotine. On October 16 the same year, his queen died the same way.

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