The Heroic Charlotte La Cordé Upon Her Trial

The Heroic Charlotte La Cordé Upon Her Trial

Book - 1793
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The Heroic Charlotte la Cordé, or Charlotte Corday, stands to the right facing the Revolutionary Tribunal. She addresses the judges on the left over the body of Jean-Paul Marat displayed in the center. Charlotte Corday was put to the guillotine for assassinating Marat, a radical Jacobin figure during the French Revolution. The title banner reads, "For having rid the world of that monster of Atheism and Murder, the Regicide Marat, whom she stabbed in a bath, where he had retired on account of a Leprosy, with which Heaven had begun the punishment of his Crimes. The noble enthusiasm with which this woman met the charge, & the elevated disdain with which she treated the self-created Tribunal, struck the whole assembly with terror & astonishment." Corday's caption reads, "Wretches, I did not expect to appear before you - I always thought that I should be delivered up to the rage of the people, torn in pieces, & that my head, stuck on the top of a pike, would have preceded Marat on his state bed, to serve as a rallying point to Frenchmen, if there still are any worthy of that name. But, happen what will, if I have the honours of the guillotine, & my clay-cold remains are buried, they will soon have conferred upon them the honours of the Pantheon; and my memory will be more honoured in France than that of Judith in Bethulia." 
Publisher: [s.l.] : [s.n.], 1793.
Characteristics: 1 image file : digital, JPEG.
Additional Contributors: Gillray, James - Illustrator

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