Madame Elizabeth

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When in 1794 Madame Elisabeth was addressed at her trial as a sister of the tyrant, she observed that if what her accusers said were true, she wouldn’t find herself in the situation where anyone could address her that way. Elisabeth was certainly more reactionary than her brother, although more pragmatic; for example, on 5 October 1789 when the Parisian crowd made it to Versailles, she was the only one to suggest to fire canons. By 1814 Napoleon remarked about the Bourbons that women were the only ones who still wore pants in that family.

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