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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Old torture 

I'm still reading the life-story of Marie Antoinette. I've got to the bit where the killings start and the King has just been guillotined.

What an appalling time in history! It's difficult to know with absolute certainty what happened but from the evidence that Antonia Fraser presents it seems that the French Royal Family were tried and convicted by the press on a basis of lies and speculation.

Fascinating but dreadful.

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The more things change, the more they stay the same... we just don't actually physically kill the people any more. Well, not in this country, anyway!
 
I've learnt a lot from this book.
 
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