The Heroic Charlotte La Cordé Upon Her Trial
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."
[s.l.] : [s.n.], 1793.
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