The French Revolution grew out of the public's resentment of the aristocracy and the monarchy's excessive taxes and warfare. As many as 50,000 French citizens of all social classes were beheaded at the guillotine but I wanted to focus on the revolutionaries, Marie Antoinette and her executioner, Henri Sanson, and the "knitting ladies" who knitted to pass the time between beheadings. Antoinette didn't go to her death looking like this but I couldn't resist showing her most iconic look. In fact, a woman's hair was usually bobbed before she was beheaded to help the blade slice more efficiently. Fun fact: Young women of the period wore red choker necklaces as a nod to the beheadings.
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