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8 We tend to think of the guillotine as a relic of a bygone age, chopping off heads topped with powdered wigs. But this instrument of death was hardly retired with the French Revolution. The guillotine was used extensively by the Nazi regime during World War II. France continued to use it to inflict capital punishment for nearly 200 years after Marie Antoinette lost her head.

La guillotine sur la place de la Révolution (aujourd'hui place de la Concorde), musée Carnavalet, Paris

Guillotine (fixture) Best View his head! The Guillotine, a quick and humane form of execution, was favored by the revolutionaries. The executions of the French nobility were done publicly, often to the cheers of the mobs. During the Reign of Terror, more than 30,000 French citizens were guillotined or died in prison.

La guillotine sur la place de la Révolution (aujourd'hui place de la Concorde), musée Carnavalet, Paris (photo : Bertrand Runtz, Herodote.net)

The guillotine (1793) (via French Revolution Digital Archive). Great collection of FR images.

Massacre of the unfortunate French King, with a view of la guillotine, or the modern French beheading machine : 1 the monarch, 2 his confessor, 3 General Sauterre 4 the mayor of Paris : [estampe] / Thornton sculp.

Madame Tussauds - Original Guillotine Blade that Beheaded Marie Antoinette

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Joseph-Siffred Duplessis - Louis XVI (1754-93) in Coronation Ro (47,0 x 70,0 cm)

French King Louis XVI, (23 August 1754 – 21 January 1793) Ill-fated husband of Marie-Antoinette, both lost their heads at guillotine in the French Revolution.