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The primary source document being used is a newspaper article from England during the time of the French Revolution. It talks about the execution of Louis XVI. The author empathizes with the king and calls the newly established French government “Republican Tyrants”. The authors position on the execution can be seen even in the title of the article Execution of Louis XVI King of the French . The title acknowledges the king as the rightful ruler of the French people which shows the writer is clearly a supporter of the English crown. When talking about the king the writer portrays him as a heroic figure that falls victim to a group of fanatics. The writer records his last moments in a valiant manner “Louis mounted the scaffold with composure, and that modest intrepidity peculiar to oppressed innocence”. You can see how even though he was a prisoner he still refused to recognize any of the new government’s authority. This can be seen by his statement “I die innocent; I pardon my enemies; I only sanctioned upon
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Unformatted text preview: compulsion the Civil Constitution of the Clergy”, and by him choosing a priest as a confessor who did not take the National Oath. The writer then goes on to declare how the honest French citizen was completely distraught by the loss of their beloved king, and the Sans Culottes were the only ones to “rejoice”. After describing the execution of the king the author than talks about how great of a man he was, and how the newly established republic will fall. He than ends the article by calling the French enemies of peace, and happiness. The author exemplifies a fear that many of the English, and other monocratic governments had of a revolution disposing of their monarchies in favor of republican rule. By equating the newly formed government to savages and barbarians he is not only denouncing the government, but the principles of which it was founded. This outright denunciation of the revolution shows how big of a threat the revolution was perceived as....
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2008 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Pcs during the Spring '08 term at CUNY Queens.

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