Step 5 - Historical Investigation Outline Research Question To what extent is Marie Antoinette responsible for her execution Plan of the Investigation

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Historical Investigation Outline Research Question: To what extent is Marie Antoinette responsible for her execution? Plan of the Investigation This essay investigates "To what extent is Marie Antoinette responsible for her execution?" The scope of this investigation lays form Marie Antoinette's marriage to Louis XVI in 1770 to her execution in 1793. This investigation focuses closely upon the three aspects that contributed to the death of Marie Antoinette and evaluates her responsibility in each event. The three aspects are her extravagant lifestyle, her numerous affairs with other men and her betrayal to her country during the French Austrian War. Through collecting varies evidences, both primary and secondary of the queen's action in each event, and evaluating these evidences, it is determined that Marie Antoinette is completely responsible for her execution. Not only had she lived an extravagant lifestyle that aggravated the French economic crisis, betrayed her duty as queen and wife, but also betrayed her country during the French Austrian War. These severe mistakes had caused her to be guillotined by her own people in October 16, 1793. "The queen was gone, on the guillotine lays her fallen head."(On the Death of Marie Antoinette) Evaluation of Sources Source 1: (Primary) Speech: On the Death of Marie Antoinette Edmund, Burke. "On the Death of Marie Antoinette." University of Liverpool. July 2008. Web. 23 Apr. 2010. <;. Origin: The author of this speech is a well known critique of the French Revolution, Edmund Burke. This speech is given on October 16, 1793, the day of Marie Antoinette's execution. It is published again on the Internet by the University of Liverpool in July 2008. Purpose: This speech laments the death of the Queen; the author intended to create this piece to not only announce her death, but also to announce the end of the corruption of royalty and opposition against revolution. The speech is directed toward the French citizen during the era of the French Revolution. This speech announces to the public the result of the corruption of royalty, and the glory of the revolution, This speech not only is what public desires to hear, but also warns the remaining oppositions against the French Revolution the results of so. Value: The author of this speech is Edmund Burke, a well known critique of the French Revolution from the British Parliament. Burke was part of the British Parliament, an outspoken critic of the excesses of the French Revolution; he had gave many great speeches which have become classics. This suggested that this is a very reliable primary source. The speech created on Marie Antoinette’s execution, October 16, 1793, was delivered to the crowd directly after her execution, as it has suggested "the age of chivalry is gone". A controversy that is present in this document is the beheading of Marie Antoinette; some might argue that it is incorrect to behead the queen of the country. The

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