The First Blade


Another remarkable artifact to see at the Museum of Crime is the blade of the first guillotine. This blade is from La Place de Greve — that is  where the executions would traditionally take place. Anyone who has seen the City Hall of Paris understands that there is not enough room in front of it to accommodate the kinds of crowds that would gather to witness the death of Louis XVI or Marie-Antoinette; yet the place had its advantages — you could rent yourself a balcony or a window to watch comfortably from above. According to Casanova, a little privacy could be a good thing, given that the sight of blood excites certain types of women.


About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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One Response to The First Blade

  1. Reblogged this on tiaras and trianon and commented:
    for fitting reasons, I had to reblog this!

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