Monday, August 1, 2011

Twitter Ye Not - Marie Antoinette Arrested

Twitter Ye Not - Marie Antoinette Arrested

A regular piece for the Daily Mail Weekend magazine about how figures in history might have twittered or tweeted or whatever, had they the chance, inclination and technology.

On the 13 of August 1792, King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette of France, along with their children, were arrested by republican revolutionaries and imprisoned at the Temple in Paris. The king would be executed six months later with his queen - 'Widow Capet' - following him to the guillotine within a year. Here we imagine the Twitter feed of that fateful week-end.

I have shown on one side a nervous Marie Antoinette looking fearfully at the guillotine's bloodied blade. Beside her is a shepherdess' basket, full of brioche. It was 'brioche', and not 'cake' that she alledgedly told the peasants to eat in the absence of bread. Either way they didn't see the funny side...
Facing her is old Madame Marie Tussaud, former art tutor to the Royal family, with a bucket of Plaster-of-Paris in her hand for casting the royal and aristocratic death-masks she was forced to make post-Revolution to prove her commitment to the new cause.

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